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 2022-2023 school year alone, our members saved over $1.3 million 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 an educator. Together we have 400+ 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. Play pre-scheduled matches against local rivals, earn a varsity letter, and win a state championship by entering your best team into our Championship seasons, our highest level of play!

Fall Championship Seasons: 9/12 – 11/28

Tuesday – 3v3 Rocket League

Wednesday – TBD

Thursday – League of Legends

Winter Championship Seasons 12/5 – 2/24

Tuesday – TBD

Wednesday – SSBU Crews Battles

Thursday – Overwatch 2

Spring Championship Seasons 3/5 – 5/18

Tuesday – 2v2 Rocket League

Wednesday – 2v2 Smash Bros.

Thursday – Valorant

2. Contender Leagues are for JV teams or teams looking for more casual competition. Seasons are 5 weeks with unlimited participation per school!

Community Gaming Mondays


Fall Contenders

Tues – 3v3 Rocket League

Wed – TBD

Thurs – Splatoon 3

Winter Contenders

Tues – TBD

Wed – SSBU Crews

Thursday – Overwatch 2

Spring Contenders

Tues – 2v2 Rocket League

Wed – 2v2 SSBU

Thurs – Valorant

Minecraft Fridays

Bed Wars

Capture The Wool

King of The Hill

3.  Garden State Esports offers additional leagues to help grew diversity throughout our programs.

Victoria League


Victoria League is an additional competitive league open to GSE girls, marginalized genders, and non-binary persons.


Fall – SSBU – Thursdays

Winter – Overwatch 2 – Wednesdays

Spring – Valorant – Wednesdays

Unified Leaue


Additonal opportunites for players with special needs to game with peers.


Fall – TBD – TBD

Winter – TBD – TBD

Spring – TBD – TBD

We Provide

Casual & Competitive Gaming For All Ages

Varsity Letters & State Championships

Cutting Edge Curricula

Getting Started & Technical Resources

Coaching Support & Certification

A Diverse, Inclusive Community Ready To Help

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 2022-2023 school year alone, schools saved over $1.3 million in for-profit league dues by joining Garden State Esports!
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