Almost all the games GSE plays are free-to-play and feature cross-play capability, so a variety of devices can be used to participate. Here is what we recommend:
Desktops and laptops – Ideally, programs will want highend, Windows-based computers with a dedicated graphics card. You can get started with as littel as 3 PCs, but we recommend at least 7 for the best exprience.
Check existing PCs – Schools may already have the computers they need to participate. Most computers built in the last 5 years should
be able to work for esports. The games GSE offers are playable on low to mid-end computers so check or consider upgrading existing equipment!
Good: i5 or Ryzen 3 CPU, 8mb RAM, 1050 Ti graphics card, 22in 720p 60hz monitor. Price: < $1000
Better: i7 or Ryzen 5 CPU. 16mb RAM, 1660 Ti graphics card, 24in 1080p 120hz monitor. Price: ~$1750
Best: i9 or Ryzen 9 CPU, 32mb RAM, 2060 Super graphics card, 27in 1440p 144hz monitor. Price: ~$2250
Note: While ‘gaming’ chairs, desks, and peripherals are nice, they are in no way a necessary expense. Save the money, most students will likely want to use their own controller, keyboard & mouse, and headset.
Bring Your Own Device – Many GSE teams have used a Bring Your Own Device initiatives to get started. Club Advisors or students bring their own PCs or consoles to get in the game.
Chromebooks and Switches – Schools on a budget may want to consider getting a Nintendo Switch. At $330 per Switch, teams will be
able to participate in 8 out of 10 GSE competitions with a Switch – more than any other console. Chromebooks aren’t made for esports, but could be used as a last resort in conjunction with a cloud gaming service like GeForce Now.
GSE has partnered with SHI to get you the most competive quotes around for any devices, peripherals, and consoles you need.
An esports club should be seen as an investement in a school or commuinty organzaitons STEM program. The same devices that are used by students during for STEM learning during the day can also be used after school for the esports team. That is why most schools find funding in their STEM budget.
While there is very little grant funding avaliable for scholastic esports, there are plenty of grants available for STEM, Career & Technical Education (CTE), and Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) programs – all of which are part of a robust scholastic esports program. GSE teams have been funded using Title I, II, & IV, ESSER, and Perkins grants as well as state-level and local foundation grants.
PTA, local business, and Booster clubs support. As well as community or online fund raisers like Donors Choose, sponsorships from local or national businesses, and even Twitch Prime subs to get what they need to run a successful program!
When you join GSE, we will provide our funding package which contains all the possibile avenues you can take to find funding as well as example grants that have been successfuly used by other GSE programs.