The following is a press release provided to InvenGlobal and has been published verbatim.
The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) and the Japan High School Esports Federation (JHSEF) are announcing an exciting agreement of cooperation in international activities and information exchange through esports for youth. The NASEF model will be adopted in Japan, as esports is recognized as meaningful method of connecting learning and play.
NASEF develops and provides educational opportunities through esports, competitive team-based video gaming. Student opportunities extend beyond gameplay to learning and challenges in the business, artistic, and entrepreneurial aspects of the esports ecosystem.
Headquartered in North America, NASEF will now collaborate with JHSEF to expand the international environment for high school students through esports and to engage in activities that foster the internationality of the next generation. Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and founder of NASEF, voiced his excitement for the new collaboration:
"We're honored for JHSEF to partner with NASEF. It's thrilling to see forward-thinking educators around the world recognize the potential of our learning framework that combines esports and education. It's clear that our program works for all youth; there are no boundaries – ethnic, geographic, gender – to limit kids' opportunities to learn and grow through play."
Through this agreement, the organizations will work together to promote esports as an educational platform for high school students in the U.S. and Japan, establish goals and commitments related to the development of educational knowledge and technology through esports, and create a cooperative system to support such activities effectively and efficiently.
"We hope that this partnership will provide opportunities for international communication and exchange of academic research through Esports and expand the possibilities of Esports in Japanese school education,” said Kimito Kubo, Representative Director, JHSEF.