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GHSEI 2019

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"On June 21, 2019 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Pharaoh's Conclave delivered another standout event for the gaming community, the 3rd annual GA High School eSPORTS Invitational.

This event wasn't just about a tournament that matched up Georgia's best in team and individual competitions fighting for prizes, grants, and scholarships. But what makes the GHSEI stand out from other tournaments were the industry-focused panel discussions and workshops that accompanied it. These immersive experiences were designed to expose attendees to industry professionals, chronicling the journey of their career and the pathways they took to get there. Ranging from topics like competitive gaming, shout casting, streaming, and game development to hardware/software innovation these experiences are uniquely hands-on and engaging. Attendees had the opportunity to network with people from Turner Eleague, Skillshot Media, Hi-Rez Studios, Axis Replay, DeKalb Entertainment Commission and so many more.

These learning opportunities allowed for parents and other children attending, to hear about the esports community from people who are defining the industry today. Guests were taught about career opportunities outside of being a Gamer, they heard about Women in Gaming and they got a sneak peek on learning how to create your very own comic book superhero, just to name a few. But what the crowd loved the most was the meet and greet with 2 professional eSPORTS Teams and their Coaches; the Hawks Talon Gaming Club and the Pittsburgh Knights. The Hawks Talon GC gave out lapel pins to the audience for all to enjoy." 

The Paladin Team Tournament went into Sudden Death Overtime and tied with the 2-time defending Champs, Tucker High School who was being challenged by their 2-year rival, STEAMsport. They faced the final round of the championship match on July 28th, 2019 at Johnson STEM Activity Center in their eSports arena, where STEAMSport took home the Championship!

"Every year this annual event gets bigger and bigger because Georgia has become a hotbed for this $Billion Industry. The entire gaming industry has migrated to Georgia and is growing into a cultural phenomenon. Does your child love to play video games? Are they into cartoons and comic books? There is an entire industry that has become bigger than football and basketball and it is filled with careers that pay a great salary. We hope that you can make it out to the event next year to find out more and to see if your child is the next big star."

Written by: Georgia Entertainment News

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