The Local Vibe - January 2023 - Milwaukee Esports Alliance
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The Local Vibe – January 2023

The Local Vibe – January 2023

The Wisconsin HighSchool Esports Association (WIHSEA) held it’s Fall state championships on December 10th at Madison College, featuring 22 of the best schools from around the state competing in Smash Bro’s and Smite, as well as 64 of the best Smash Bro’s singles players. It also featured colleges from around the Midwest promoting their esports programs. Check out their twitter page to see some of the awesome competitors and competition:

In addition the WIHSEA just released their Winter Registration data for the Spring season, take a look at this incredible participation!

  • 97 School Districts competing
  • 140 Fortnite Trios
  • 75 Varsity Rocket League Teams
  • 80 JV Rocket League Teams



Congratulations to our monthly winners of the Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza Party Sweepstakes! As a reminder, a local team will be chosen each month to receive up to $150 in pizza and merchandise, courtesy of our partners at Palermo’s/Screamin’ Sicilian. For more details or to enter to win, click here

  • February Winner: Wisconsin Lutheran High School Esports
  • March Winner: Waukesha South High School Esports (Click to see Team Picture)
  • April Winner: Mount Horeb High School Esports 
  • May Winner: Bruce High School Esports
  • June Winner: Elkhorn High School Esports (Click to see Team Picture)
  • July Winner: Fox Valley Lutheran Esports
  • August Winner: West Allis High School Esports
  • September Winner: Appleton YMCA Esports
  • October Winner: BSMS Esports
  • November: Madison College Esports
  • December: Racine Case Esports


Tier 1 Gaming in Greenfield, WI shut it’s doors over the holidays. Major shout to to it’s leadership team and the many gamers who frequented the weekly tournaments and competitions there. Plans are underway to relocate these events and tournaments, with more details to come shortly. there are many reasons for optimist as gaming continues to expand across the region and state, but this is no doubt a tough loss for the community. We hope it’s a one door closes and another opens situation for them and their team! Read more about their decision below:


Congratulations to Lakeland University esports coach Ahman Green, on taking a position at his alma mater – Nebraska –  as their esports coach! We’ve enjoyed seeing you and the teams success at Lakeland and wish you all the best in your next endeavor! More information on Ahman’s change below:


The Esports Foundry report came out this past week and had some numbers not to be missed by the community. Thanks to those who perused the 200+ page report and provided some of these interesting data points:

  • Based on current growth trends, by the end of the decade roughly half of all high education institutions in the US will have some affiliation with esports in an official capacity.
  • Average director salary has surpassed $52k
  • Average facility has 25 machines and needs to expand
  • Most schools compete in 5 different leagues at once
  • The AVERAGE program size is 180 students
  • 65% of students are in the STEM Major
  • Schools need to do a better job of retaining students as the dropout rate is really high
  • 20-30% of students identify as a member of the DEI class
  • Developing a relationship with local school district programs is a cheap way to recruit students not shocking
  • Average facility cost is around $650k


If you would like to learn more on how to get involved, please email 

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