VIDEO: Esports Leagues Comes To Kyrene School District

VIDEO: Esports Leagues Comes To Kyrene School District

Esports is coming to the East Valley. Bravous Esports will be hosting an esports league at Aprende Middle School starting in mid-­‑September. This is open to all Kyrene students from the 3rd through 8th grade and the general public. 

The Bravous program is organized like any other recreational sports league. Players form teams, work with coaches, and get one practice and one game a week. The season lasts 8 weeks and culminates in an end of season tournament complete with trophies. All necessary equipment is provided. The league focuses on Smash Brothers Ultimate. During practices, players will play on individual units, but during games, we will bring out monitors for matches.  At the end of the season tournament, we will bring projectors for large format fun. 

“All the kids need to do is show up,” says Bravous founder Scott Novis. “Esports is competitive video gaming and covers many games. We focus on Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.” 

Bravous is Novis’ brainchild. A former Walt Disney executive and founder of the nation’s largest video game party franchise, GameTruck, Scott is passionate about healthy video gaming for kids. Karen Mendoza, a former Nintendo executive who joined the Bravous management team earlier this year, also strongly contributes to the Bravous program direction.  “We used our combined 30+ years of experience providing wholesome, family-­‑ friendly entertainment to imagine a new esports experience. Kids come together, work with coaches to improve their gaming skills, learn life skills, and make some friends,” said Mendoza. “It’s not a party, but we have a lot of fun.”  

“Bravous is special because there is no bench,” added Novis. “It is different than traditional sports and some ways better because the competition is not focused on one ball that only a few kids get to touch. Everyone plays. Everyone contributes. Everyone competes.” 

 Bravous training is built upon a rich library of drills to help players learn advanced techniques. “If you want to compete at a high level in any sport, it takes great coaching and we deliver that. Our coaches are not only great Smash players, but they are also background checked, and trained to work with kids,” says Mendoza.   


“We wanted to deliver an esports experience that was social, competitive, and helped players meet other kids who shared their interests,” added Mendoza. “In Bravous Leagues, players compete in-­‑person, and they work with coaches in person.  The social dynamic is totally different than online esports.”                                                                                                                                                              

Esports is the fastest-­‑growing professional competition in the world, with more than 80 universities now having esport teams and scholarships. In 2019 the AIA declared esports to be a varsity high school sport.

Space is limited. League divisions range from 3rd to 8th grade. Parents can enroll players at    


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