What Is Garden State Esports?


A nonprofit founded by educators, Garden State Esports is the organizing body of scholastic esports for New Jersey. Our mission is to create high-quality, student-centered experiences through scholastic esports so ALL students can use esports as a platform to grow socially, emotionally, and academically.


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 our students, not investors. All GSE competitions, resources, and events will always be free. During the 2021-2022 school year alone, our members saved over $475,000 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

Our 3:30 start time and three season schedule follows the traditional NJ athletic schedule that schools and students already know. We group teams into their traditional athletic conferences to make sure they play against schools they’ve heard of!

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 with the NJBSA on why your district should join Garden State Esports on the resources page!

Esports Helps Give Kids A Sense Of Belonging:


% Of GSE Students Who Made At Least One New Friend Since Joining Their School's GSE Team


% Of GSE Students Who Are More Motivated To Go To School Since Joining Their School's GSE Team


% Of GSE Students Who Did Not Participate In Any Extracurricular Activities Before Esports

Competition For Everyone: Three Ways To Get In The Game With GSE

1. Championship Seasons: our highest level of competition. Play an 8-week regular season organized around your existing athletic conference for the chance to make the playoffs and win a GSE State Championship! Our State Finals are college-hosted, in-person LAN events. High Schools competing in Championship Seasons are eligible to earn varsity letters.

Fall Championship Seasons: 9/26 – 11/28

Tuesday – 3v3 Rocket League

Wednesday – Smash Bros. 3v3s

Thursday – League of Legends

Winter Championship Seasons 1/9 – 3/6

Tuesday – Rocket League: Snow Day

Wednesday – Knockout City & SSBU Crews Battles

Thursday – Overwatch 2

Spring Championship Seasons 3/6 – 5/5

Tuesday – 2v2 Rocket League

Wednesday – 2v2 Smash Bros.

Thursday – Valorant

2. Contender Leagues: our Junior Varsity experience. Enter as many teams as you like and play in shortened seasons. Contender Leagues rotate every month, so there’s always a new game or format to try!

Community Gaming Mondays

Apex Legends


Fall Guys


Rocket League


Splatoon 3


Super Smash Bros.

Knockout City


Overwatch 2


Omega Strikers

Minecraft Fridays

Bed Wars

Capture The Wool

King of The Hill

3.  CODEC Contests are GSE’s game, community, and industry-based competitions that directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school. Every season, students compete to become CODEC Contest winners in a wide variety of events while learning new skills and gaining hands-on experience with some of the world’s most in-demand STEAM jobs.

Community-Based Contests

Best Cosplay

Best Fandom Art

Industry-Based Contests

Best Highlight Video

Best Twitch Broadcast

Best Feature Article

Game-Based Learning Contests


Cybersecurity Esports


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 Ready To Help

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


% Of GSE Students Who Plan to Attend College After High School


% Of GSE Students Who Plan To Major In A STEM Field


% Of GSE Students Who Will Persue A Career In The Esports Or Video Game Industry

Where We Are


Big North Conference


Burlington County Conference

Cape Atlantic Conference
Colonial Conference
Colonial Valley Conference

Total Programs

Greater Middlesex Conference

Hudson County Conference


North Jersey Conference


North West Jersey Conference


Olympic Conference


% Of NJ School Districts


The Shore Conference


The Skyland Conference


Super Essex Conference


Tri-County Conference


Union County Conference



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 $475,000 in for-profit league dues by joining Garden State Esports!
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