What Is Garden State Esports?


A nonprofit founded by teachers for students, the Garden State Esports mission is to create high-quality, student-centered experiences through scholastic esports by providing the learning, competition, and the community needed for ALL students to use esports as a platform to grow.


To ensure that ALL students possess the knowledge and skills needed to be society’s game changers: educated, productive, and empathetic individuals.


Learning. Community. Opportunity. Diversity.

Why Join Garden State Esports?

Free To Join. Free To Play. Always.

Our bottom line will always be to your students, not to investors. All GSE competitions, resources, and events will always be free. During the 2021-2022 school year alone, schools saved over $210,000 in for-profit league dues by joining Garden State Esports!

Run By NJ Educators For NJ Schools And Students

GSE isn’t our job, it’s our passion. Everyone at GSE is a full-time NJ educator. Together we have 200+ years combined teaching experience. We know your schools, we know your kids, and we know how to help make esports meet the learning goals of your school district.

Play Against Local Teams Using A Familiar Schedule

GSE does all the scheduling and match making so schools don’t have to. We group all GSE teams into their traditional athletic conferences to make sure they play against schools they’ve heard of! Our 3:30 start time and three season schedule follows the athletic schedule that schools and students know.

Earn Varsity Letters

195 colleges are offering more than $16 million in esports scholarships for talented players and support staff. Every college and university in NJ has an esports program. GSE will work with your district to develop criteria to make sure your esports team is varsity letter eligible and stakeholders understand all the post-secondary opportunities available to students.

Supported By The NJ DoE and School Boards Association

We are proud to have the support of the NJ Dept. of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association. Check out our latest webinar on why your district should join Garden State Esports on the resources page!

GS Esports Clubs Support The Development Of Social Emotional Learning & Career Technical Education

Two Ways To Play!

1. Championship Seasons are dedicated to our highest level of competiton. Schools are scheduled using their traditional conferences and group sizes to compete for a state championship with the finals played live at Rutgers University! High school teams that compete in Championship Seasons are eligible to earn varsity letters.

Fall Championship Seasons

Fortnite (Mondays)

Rocket League 3v3 (Tuesdays)

Smite (Wednesdays)

Winter Championship Seasons

Chess (Tuesdays)

Rocket League Rumble (Tuesdays)

Overwatch (Wednesdays)

Knockout City (Thursdays)

Spring Championship Seasons

Rocket League 2v2 (Tuesdays)

Super Smash Bros (Wednesdays)

Valorant (Thursdays)

League of Legends (Thursdays)

2. Friendlies matches are a way for all gamers to enjoy the thrill of esports competition. Each day teams can enjoy casual, friendly competiton against schools from around the state in a variety of games. If Championship Seasons are our varsity experience, Friendlies are the JV experience.


Fortnite Friendlies


Rocket League Friendlies

Chess Friendlies


Overwatch Friendlies

Super Smash Bros. Friendlies

Brawlhalla Friendlies


Valorant Friendlies

Knockout City Friendlies

Mario Kart Friendlies


Competitive Minecraft

We Provide

Casual & Competitive Gaming For All Ages

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Varsity Letters & State Championships

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Cutting Edge Curricula

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Getting Started & Technical Resources

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Coaching Support & Certification

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Diverse, Inclusive Community

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Esports Can Be A Pipeline To College and Career Readiness For All NJ Students

Where We Are

Big North Conference

Abraham Lincoln Middle School

Harrington Park Middle School

John F. Kennedy High School

Ramapo High School

North Valley Regional High School

Burlington County

Cinnaminson Middle School

Doane Academy

Moorestown High School

Steinhauer Middle School

Cape Atlantic Conference

Alder Ave Middle School

Absegami High School

Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Boys & Girls Club Atlantic City

Brigantine Middle School

Buena High School

Cape May Technical High School

Cedar Creek High School

Fernwood Middle School

Linwood Kaos

Mainland Regional High School

Maurice River Middle School

Middle Township High School

Oakcrest High School

Northfield Community Middle School

Uptown School Complex

Colonial Conference

Lindenwold High School

Haddon Heights High School

Somerdale Park Middle School

West Deptford High School

Colonial Valley Conference

Hamilton Area YMCA

Hamilton High School

Hopewell Valley YMCA

Princeton High School

Princeton Unified Middle School

The Hun School

West Windsor Plainsboro HS North

West Windsor Plainsboro HS South

Greater Middlesex Conference

Avenel Middle School

Colonia Middle School

Iselin Middle School

JP Stevens High School

Middlesex County Vocational Schools

Williamstown Middle School

Woodland Middle School



Hudson County Conference

Hoboken Charter School

North Bergen High School

Union City High School

Journeyman Conference

Camden Kroc Salvation Army

Dowagiac Middle School

Greensburg Jr. High School

Holy Family Catholic School

Hudson Bend Middle School

Immanuel Lutheran Middle School

Pittsburg Community Middle School

Project Inspiration

Levi Dodge Middle School

The Scranton School for the Deaf

Suwanee Middle School

The West Penn School for the Deaf

North Jersey Conference

Cavallini Middle School

George Washington Middle School

Hawthorne High School

Manchester Regional High School

Northwest Jersey Conference

Borough Middle School

Halsted Middle School

Harrison High School

Hopatcong High School

Lakeland Hill YMCA

Long Pond Middle School

Mountain Lakes Public Library

Pequannock Valley Middle School

Randolph High School

Ridgedale Middle School

Olympic Conference

Cherry Hill HS East

Kenneth Olson Middle School

Vorhees Middle School

Union County Conference

Burnet Middle School

Cranford High School

Governor Livingston High School

Orange Ave Middle School

Scotch Plains Fanwood High School

Roselle Park High School

Summit High School

Union High School


% Of NJ School Districts

The Shore Conference

Asbury Park High School

Barnegat High School

Brielle Middle School

Bayshore Middle School

Collier High School

Forrestdale Middle School

Frank Antonides Middle School

Friends Grow Friends Foundation

Jackson Liberty High School

High Tech High

Knollwood Middle School

Long Branch High School

Manchester High School

Manasquan High School

Matawan High School

Matawan Aberdeen Middle School

Mater Dei High School

Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School

Middletown HS North

Middletown HS South

Monmouth Beach Middle School

Neptune High School

Ocean County Vocational Schools

Point Pleasant Beach High School

Raritan High School

Red Bank Middle School

Rumson Fair Haven High School

Thompson Middle School

Wall Intermediate School

Thorne Middle School

Veterans Memorial Middle School

Skyland Conference

The Center School

Hunterdon Central Regional HS

North Plainfield High School

Ridge High School

Somerville High School

Vorhees High School

William Annin Middle School

Super Essex Conference

Cedar Grove Middle School

Milburn High School

People's Prep Charter School

Verona High School

West Essex High School


Penns Grove Middle School



Whether your district is looking to get started or already has an established esports program, join us for free and compete against other New Jersey schools in daily casual competition or to earn a varsity letter. During the 2021-2022 school year alone, schools saved over $210,000 in for-profit league dues by joining Garden State Esports!
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