SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains Recreation Department has launched a recreation esports league for local gamers as a part of an initiative to expand recreation programs to unique new landscapes.  The leagues, run through the esports management app Mission Control GG, are scheduled to begin in early August.

“We look at starting and offering an esports program as an opportunity to reach members of our community who may not be interested in the standard recreation programs that exist and have existed for a very long time," Scotch Plains Recreation Director DJ Salvante said.  "The beauty of esports is that it lacks barriers to entry, games can be played by a wide variety of people, and we are not limited to field space, referees, or even weather – all of which can impact the success of a program."

Plans are already in the works to offer leagues on a variety of games and platforms to both kids and adults.

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"Our utilization of Mission Control GG is streamlining the league set up process for us. The app, which can be downloaded to a smart phone, puts the league at your fingertips as you can manage your upcoming gaming schedule, standings, and results of competitions," Salvante added. "They specialize in recreational esports and I look forward to working with them on making our leagues a success.”

Scotch Plains Esports is currently accepting registration for two games for summer 2020, Super Smash Brothers for the Nintendo Switch with a 10-12-year-old age division with games taking place on Tuesdays and Rocket League for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox 1 with a 10-12-year-old age division and a 13-17-year-old age division with games taking place on Wednesdays. 

The leagues will take place over the course of six weeks with a 2-week playoff to determine age division champions. Scotch Plains Esports leagues cost $8 dollars to participate. Gamers must be registered through Community Pass as well as download and set up a profile on the Mission Control GG app where the payment will be accepted.  Registration has been extended and closes on July 31.

Those who may have questions on how to participate or other questions about esports in general are encouraged to call the Recreation Department at 908-322-6700 ext 223.

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