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Making Room for Esports in Schools

Preston Gardner, Kyle Olson, Tyler Normington Since RESPAWN’s inception in 2017, we have worked to offer quality-made products that enhance the gaming experience for players at all levels and help anyone who wants it to find a home in the esports community. Recently, we took a major step towards that goal by establishing a partnership with full-service K-12 space designer Palmer Hamilton, allowing us to bring the benefits of esports to the next generation of gamers. Esports in EDU Activities that kids participate in during their days in K-12 can lead them to future careers, and an interest in esports opens the door to more career opportunities than almost any other school activity. MarketWatch reported in 2021 that the video games industry grew to surpass the combined market share of both film and North American sports, and the jobs in this massive enterprise are both numerous and lucrative.1 In addition to elevating students’ career potential, esports programs can help boost mental health. Through our work with the Wisconsin High School Esports Association (WIHSEA), we have found that 80 percent or more of the members in most esports programs do not participate in another team activity. For most of these kids, esports are a chance to reap the benefits of being on a team that they would not traditionally find elsewhere. According to, these can include lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher cognitive function and even a reduced risk of suicide.2 With these results in mind, we see our expansion into K-12 not just an exciting growth opportunity for esports, but also a chance to help schools provide support systems for students’ mental health. Equipping for Esports Creating a successful esports program starts with getting students excited through building the right environment. A basketball program would not thrive if the playing space consisted of an outdoor, concrete court with a portable hoop. Players want a proper court with team colors on the walls, equipment they are thrilled to use every day and school pride exhibited throughout the space. Esports is the same. Our new partnership offers schools the opportunity to replicate or even elevate the spaces their gaming students have at home. The gaming-specific chairs and desks from RESPAWN that provide a state-of-the-art gaming space are paired with school imagery and modern design from Palmer Hamilton. Participating students can grow their skills in a class-leading space while feeling the pride and belonging that come with participating in an organized team activity. The benefits of esports and its growth in K-12 schools are promising trends for the future of our industry. We are ecstatic to be providing the gamers of tomorrow with the equipment and spaces they need to power up their potential. 1: Videogames are a bigger industry than movies and North American sports combined, thanks to the pandemic - MarketWatch 2: Benefits of Youth Sports (

Respawn's New Gaming Chair Cools Your Butt With Heat-Dispersing Gel - Android Headlines

Respawn today is announcing its Fall lineup of gaming chair options which include the 110, the Specter, and the Spire. All three chairs are geared towards gaming but offer something a little different to tailor to the needs of the gamer. The 110 for example is an affordable gaming chair option starting at $249 and carries the iconic racing chair design that most people are familiar with. This new revised model though keeps what was already popular about the 110 and adds improvements like the minimal stitching and an integrated lumbar and headrest.   The chair also comes with height-adjustable arms, a tilt tension knob, and a recline lever. Which lets you recline the back up to 135-degrees to find your preferred seating angle. It comes in five colorways – Gray Fabric, Gray, Red, Green, and Blue, and is already available for sale. The Respawn Spire gaming chair uses cooling gel in the seat Gaming chairs aren’t necessarily for everyone. At least when it comes to the traditional racing style design. The good news is that Respawn now offers the Spire. A new hybrid gaming-work chair that is just as capable at providing comfort while you work from home as it is at providing comfort while you sit down for a long gaming session. The secret here, we think, is Respawn’s use of heat-dispersing gel in the seat. Which should help keep your butt cool if you’re sitting down for longer periods of time. Granted, it’s never a bad idea to get up and move around for a bit in the middle of all that. Which can also help with the heat issue. But if you work from home, stream or create content, or you simply like to game for long hours, this is a feature that is bound to help keep you more comfortable.   Alongside the cooling seat, the Spire also comes with numerous other features. It has a 3D knitted mesh back for airflow. There’s a height-adjustable tilting head rest too, and the seat slides to ensure your legs are at the most ergonomic angle. It even has flip-back arms. Flip-back arms, you say? Yes. Flip-back arms to give you a wider seat space that feels less restrictive. The only other chair to offer something similar that we’ve seen is the Mavix M9 with its optional FS 360 arm rests.   Additionally, you can recline the seat up to 115-degrees. What’s more is that you can actually lock the position as well. Something which wasn’t offered on Respawn’s Flexx gaming chair. The lack of which we weren’t too fond of. All-in-all, this is likely to be the one to go for if you want a more premium seating experience. The Spire launches in October for $599 in the Stealth colorway, or $649 in the Ghost colorway. The Specter is a mid-tier option that feels anything but mid-tier If upwards of $600 is out of your price range, Respawn has one more new chair that might fit your needs – the Specter. The Specter is another hybrid gaming-office chair that comes in at $499 in either Graphite or Onyx colorways.   It offers the same flip-back arms as the Spire and even has a mesh back for better air flow. Unlike the Spire though it offers a weight-activated lumbar support. When it comes to the seat, Respawn ditches the heat-dispersing gel and replaces it with a mesh. However, the seat is also using a waterfall design that conforms more easily to the backs of your knees. Which should provide a more natural-feeling comfort.   Respawn says this chair is available for purchase as of today and it ships in November.  

RESPAWN Reveals 3 New Chairs For Their Fall Lineup - CGMagOnline

RESPAWN is a company known for their prowess on gaming and computer chairs, and for the Fall 2022 season they’ve revealed the three chairs featured in the lineup. Not to be confused with the entertainment company responsible for Titanfall and Apex Legends. This RESPAWN knows its way around what makes a computer chair great for a long session in the lab, the office, or even the front lines with buddies in a Warzone match, they have your back with chairs made with quality. This Fall is no different with their new lineup, the RESPAWN Specter, 110, and Spire, to keep fans as comfortable as possible.   Senior RESPAWN Brand Manager, Emily Fuller said “Whether you need a super power office and gaming chair or are looking to compete comfortably for longer hours while staying cool, RESPAWN has the right chair for your setup,” with “By fusing over 75 years of expertise in ergonomics eating design with a passion for all things gaming, we can design modern chairs like these that don’t just look great; they feel great, too. There’s truly a chair for everyone,” on the new Fall 2022 lineup. RESPAWN 110 Chair   This new version of a fan-favourite has been overhauled for the Fall season, with a racing-style backrest and ergonomic design meant to cradle the throne bearer comfortably. The armrests can be adjusted at the user’s whim, allowing the commander of the 110 to feel in control at all times. There is also a full reclining function that allows up-to 135 degrees, allowing for maximum comfort.   Fans can grab a 110 for $249 at Amazon. RESPAWN Specter Chair   Built for a corporate setting, or a gaming setting, the Specter will give users that adaptability without the necessity for two chairs. A weight-responsive lumbar back support, with mesh backing to provide a cooler experience, will assure comfort for long hours staring at statistics, straight into a dungeon run with fellow guardians in Destiny 2: Lightfall. The headrest is completely adjustable as well for consumer comfort, and the waterfall chair front cushion will support even the most fatigued of knees.   Become the first human Specter on their website for $499. RESPAWN Spire Chair   The Spire is the last Fall chair offering, and offers 3D knitted mesh with seat cooling technology, helping gamers stay cool in the most strenuous of matches. The arm rests feature a first-of-its-kind flip backward construction, allowing for gamers to sit however they please. Of course the headrest can be adjusted, but it could also be removed for those who don’t need it, allowing the chair to appear without armrests or a headrest.   Get inSpired for $649 in the ‘Ghost’ colourway, or $599 for the ‘Stealth’ colourway from RESPAWN.

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RESPAWN announces Collegiate Student of Excellence Award

The RESPAWN Student of Excellence Award is presented to a student involved with esports who exemplifies excellence inside, and out, of the classroom. Within the classroom, the student enhances the overall experience through their engagement and mentorship of peers. Additionally, their "superb" academic performance is reflected in their semester and cumulative GPA. "We are very excited to be working with our partners within the collegiate and high school space to begin recognizing excellent students associated with gaming/esports programs. As scholastic esports and gaming continues to grow it is definitely a key focus area for the RESPAWN brand. This award is one of our first steps and opportunities in which we can start giving back to these communities - we aim for this award program to naturally develop into internship opportunities, scholarships, and much more." - Alex Gonzalez, Marketing Manager at RESPAWN Products (@AlexGLogics) We are excited to announce Sean Kelly from Shenandoah University as the first recipient of the RESPAWN Student of Excellence Award. Kelly ’22, is a double major in esports management and business administration. He is the student lead in broadcast production for the Shenandoah esports program, and he works on the content creation and live event production as well. The word that comes to mind is extremely grateful. This is something I want to do for the rest of my life, and to already be recognized for the work I’ve done feels great. It has been an amazing experience to have such a lead role in this program, and I look forward to everything else that this program and I can accomplish in the future in esports.” - Sean Kelly ’22 As recognition for the award, Kelly received a commemorative trophy, exclusive RESPAWN apparel, and an upgraded RESPAWN setup which includes a new gaming chair and desk. "We felt that Sean is the perfect example of a student of excellence with the work he has put into the esports program in the classroom and in the production booth. He goes above and beyond what is expected of students and is one of the reasons the esports program here at SU is one of the top programs in the country. His work has also led to him receiving numerous job opportunities and industry connections. Sean exemplifies what it means when we say that Shenandoah Esports goes beyond gaming.” - Joey Gawrysiak, Ph.D. | Shenandoah Director of Esports