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Riverside County’s new Esports League bursts onto scene – Press Enterprise

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Football, baseball, soccer … “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?”

Video games officially joined the roster of area school activities with the debut Friday, July 12, of the Riverside County Esports League.

Hana Doan, a Western Center Academy sophomore, second from left, was one of eight female gamers at a Friday, July 12, tournament in Norco. It was the first staged by Riverside County’s new Esports League. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

West Valley High students cheer on their Hemet classmates Friday, July 12, at Riverside County’s Esports League inaugural tournament. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Caleb Head, of West Valley High, and fellow Hemet students react Friday, July 12, during a tournament hosted by Riverside County’s new Esports League at Norco College. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Riverside County’s Esports League debuted Friday, July 12, with a tournament. Perris High sophomore Austin Hocher, 15, competes in ‘Super Smash Bros.’ (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Fists were pumped Friday, July 12, as West Valley High students cheer on teammates at Riverside County’s Esports League inaugural tournament at Norco College. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Students from the Hemet, Jurupa, Perris Union and Temecula Valley school districts attended Riverside County’s first Esports League tournament Friday, July 12. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Students flex their wrists and thumbs Friday, July 12, at Riverside County’s Esports League inaugural tournament. Their game was “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Hana Doan, a Western Center Academy sophomore, smiles Friday, July 12, during Riverside County’s new Esports League’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” tournament. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

One teen wore a mask Friday, July 12, at Riverside County’s new Esports League’s first tournament. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The new league, supported by the Riverside County Office of Education Educational Technology Services, was launched to give students a way to build leadership, communication and perseverance without being judged for their physical attributes, a news release states.

Youths from the Hemet, Jurupa, Perris Union and Temecula Valley school districts did virtual battle in the popular game, proving that all that matters is the way one plays — and the dexterity of one’s thumbs.

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