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WE ARE PARKS AND RECREATION
Rec the Halls
Oklahoma's biggest parks and recreation hosted esports event
By Tyler M. Gray, M.Ed.
E
sports, defined as competitive gaming in a structured environment,
is making its way onto the park and recreation scene, and
Altus Parks and Recreation is leading the way in Oklahoma. On
December 18, 2021, 11 high school esports teams entered the Altus
City Gym for the first-ever Oklahoma Call of Duty High School State
Tournament, ready to compete against one another for the state title. Altus
Esports League (AESL), Click Gaming and Oklahoma Scholastic Esports
(OKSE) partnered together to host the massive esports event in Altus that
included a total of 44 high school esports student-athletes, 14 coaches, 10
schools from across the state of Oklahoma, two universities (University
of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University), more than 200 in-person
spectators, greater than 2,000 spectators live on Twitch, and more than 60
local sponsors. The event created lasting memories, friendships, rivalries
and smiles from the student-athletes and coaches who competed.
Before Rec the Halls, Altus Parks
and Recreation hosted multiple
esports open house events to introduce
the general public to what an
esports event and venue could be.
Approximately 40 people attended
the first event, while the second open
house event grew to about 100 attendees.
Rec
the Halls has been described
by coaches, players and spectators
as memorable, flashy, fun,
exciting, intense, competitive and
much more. Each coach and player
who was interviewed specifically
Rec the Halls has been described by
coaches, players and spectators as
memorable, flashy, fun, exciting, intense,
competitive and much more.
mentioned the atmosphere being
everything you would expect an
esports event of this magnitude to
be and more; some even claiming,
" You'll never get an experience
quite like it without coming to see
it in person. " Brian Morris, executive
director of OKSE, says, " Rec
the Halls is an annual staple in the
Oklahoma Scholastic Esports
list
of tournaments.
It provides students
a chance to compete in front
of people [who] might not get to
see them compete anywhere else. "
Rec the Halls II is upping the
Altus Esports League is the branding
that Altus Parks and Recreation
uses for any esports related
activities. OKSE is the K12 organization
responsible for governing
and overseeing the esports competitions
of more than 60 school
districts as they play year-round.
Click Gaming is owned and operated
by Johnny Ryan Weaver, known
to the esports world as " Icychiller. "
Esports is short for electronic sports.
ante and is currently planned for
December 2-3, 2022. The event is
being expanded from one game to
nine. Laying host to Call of Duty:
Vanguard, Halo Infinite and many
more games, the event will be
changed from a state tournament
to a playoff for a spot in the state
tournament that will be hosted by
Clinton High School two weeks
later. Eighty-eight high school teams
will compete in total. On top of
hosting the Call of Duty and Halo
playoffs and Super Smash Brothers
qualifier for OKSE, Altus Parks and
Recreation will be partnering with
Texoma eSports to host its regional
qualifier for Super Smash Brothers
that will be open to the public. Its
latest regional qualifier, " No Man's
Land, " brought in nearly 200 Super
Smash Brothers players from all
over the United States. Altus Parks
and Recreation looks forward to
Rec the Halls growing more and
more as the years go on.
Tyler M. Gray, M.Ed., is a Recreation
Programmer at Altus Parks and
Recreation (tgray@altusok.gov).
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