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HSEL General FAQ

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How many tournaments are there during the year?

The High School Esports League offers four tournaments per year: Fall Major, Spring Major, HSEL Nationals Invitational, and Summer Open. 


Can I play for free?

Yes, we offer free competitions every season. For an up-to-date list of currently free titles, please see the HSEL tournament overview article on the help site or the game summaries page here.


What is the pricing?

You can find our current pricing structure for HSEL on our pricing page here


Do you provide the game licenses?

No, we do not provide game licenses. 


Can students play multiple games? 

Yes, students may participate in as many games as they would like --or the admin allows for-- during a tournament.


What are the prizes? 

HSEL offers scholarships to the teams who place accordingly in the National Invitational. Other competitions' prizes usually include trophies, plaques, and/or medals for those who place 1st - 3rd.


Can students play from home? 

Yes, students may participate remotely, from school, or in a hybrid mix of both. 


What is a battle pass?

A battle pass is a tournament pass that allows you to access a specific tournament. A single tournament pass grants a student access to all HSEL tournaments for one season. An unlimited annual pass will grant unlimited students access to all HSEL tournaments within a calendar year.


What is a game connection?

A game connection is the link between a player's "in-game name" (also called "screen name" or "gamertag") and their Generation Esports profile. For instructions on how to set game connections, see this article.


How do we contact our opponent?

Once you receive an opponent (usually through the queue system) and have access to your match page, you will communicate with your opponent through the match chat function on the page. 


I missed a match. Is there anything I can do to make up the match?

For regular seasons that use the queue system, makeup queues are usually scheduled during the last week or two of the season.


What games can I play?

You can find the current list of games we are offering for HSEL here


Can I have an additional advisor join my school account?

Yes, you can invite the additional advisor to join your team through the members' page on your dashboard. Once they show on your members' list, you can mark them as team captain. This will give the additional advisor the same administrative abilities as the existing team advisor. The only limitation is that they will not be able to purchase passes for the entire team.


How many teams will make the playoffs?

The number of rosters that make the playoffs is dependent on the total registration numbers for that particular tournament. This number is released midway through the regular season. 


Do I need an online subscription in order to participate?

Online subscriptions are only required for premium (paid) console games. Games on console that are free to play such as Rocket League, Halo Infinite, etc., do not require an online subscription to play. There is no online subscription required for any title played on PC.