The Empire State Scholastic Esports Federation (ESSEF) held its inaugural High School Invitational Tournament at Cohoes Connect Center for Youth on May 20. The state's best high school esports talent gathered under one roof to compete in two popular esports titles: Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The tournament marks the first time that multiple high schools will compete in an in-person
esports tournament of this scale in New York.
The afternoon of edge-of-your-seat gameplay and camaraderie is in line with ESSEF's mission to "help schools and students across New York State enjoy the benefits of
Wizards Esports played particularly incredibly, with Wizard Rocket League players taking first and third place, Smash player Edwin “Tabpol” Charriez taking third place in singles, and the team taking first place in Smash Crew Battles, with a spectacular 5-stock deficit comeback by Aarya “Speedy” Sridhar.