Nigerian Kucheza Gaming in partnership with Mettlestate and Big5 Games announces the first season of its annual School Esports League (SEL) kicking off virtually on November 5th 2020.
The partners will collaborate on a national rollout of esports in schools, creating a scalable competition that ultimately aims to allow millions of students to compete in various esports on behalf of their schools. Top participants in the league will be awarded and rewarded with scholarships worth up to N1.5 Million Naira ($4,000).
Kucheza Gaming launches with a battle royale game, Fortnite and FIFA. The league plans to add additional titles for its SEL Boost season in February across three genres: Sandbox (creativity), Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) and racing to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Students will play their matches through the Mettlestate online platform.
Kucheza Gaming will utilize its first league season to provide young school gamers across the country the opportunity to compete by playing age appropriate games, socialize and forge community with like-minded kids of similar ages especially in these times of social distancing and restricted physical interactions. This pilot league season will allow the startup to collect feedback as it prepares for its official full league season, slated for February 2021. There will be two seasons each school year with a Masters Cup for each game during the summer holidays.
“We see gaming and esports as the gateway to digital excellence,” said Kucheza Gaming founder and CEO Bukola Akingbade in a statement. “As a parent myself, I hope parents embrace this opportunity to go on this journey with their children, to seek to understand esports, get involved and have an enriching bonding experience through the process.
Kevin Meltzer CEO and co-founder of Big5 Games says ”We have been impressed with Kucheza Gaming from our very first interaction. Their level of professionalism and dedication to bringing esports to the youth of Nigeria is admirable and we look forward to growing school
esports with them and Mettlestate.
Interested students and potential partners can learn more at the Kucheza Gaming website.