August 9, 2019
Lost Tribe Esports engaged teen athletes and artists from around the world for a second consecutive week, this time at the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Detroit. Combined with Atlanta last week, well over 1,500 teens gamed with us at JCC Maccabi — or 56% of the 2019 athletes and artists. Our first collaboration with JCC Maccabi was a tremendous success, and demonstrated that enthusiasm for competitive video gaming is widespread among Jewish teens.
Visitors to our high-energy, 21-station esports centers in Atlanta and Detroit witnessed teens from dozens of communities exchanging names and handshakes after bonding over gaming.
Our survey of over 1600 JCC Maccabi athletes yielded dramatic data confirming that gaming is a primary driver of friendships and connection among today’s Jewish teens:
• 90% of JCC Maccabi teens surveyed play video games with friends — online or in-person —on a regular basis
• 63% are doing so daily or a few times per week
• 59% report having made new friends through playing video games
Leaders from 18 North American JCCs — as well as communities in Israel, Canada, Great Britain, and Mexico — approached us, eager to bring esports to their communities, and looking to Lost Tribe Esports to help them make it happen. They recognize the power of esports as a connector, and are anxious to leverage the opportunity to attract and retain young people.
August 2, 2019
Competitive video gaming made a sensational debut as an exhibition sport at the JCC Maccabi Games in Atlanta this week. Lost Tribe Esports transformed a lecture hall at the Games’ Marist School location into a large-scale esports center, offering free gaming for athletes throughout the week, and running tournaments on Thursday for several dozen teens no longer in the medal hunt in their respective sport.
Our 21-station esports center was filled to capacity within minutes of opening our doors Monday morning, and remained so for the 23 hours of gaming we provided over four days. Nearly a third of the girls at the Games in Atlanta and over half the boys gamed with us. Their enthusiasm highlighted for staff and lay leaders from JCCs around the world that gaming plays a central role in the lives of young people today — it’s how they enjoy time with their peers, and is a path to making new friends.
Adult stakeholders were amazed by the energy and constant chatter of the gamers in our esports center. VIPs witnessed teens asking peers they’d never met if they could jump in on a game — then exchanging names and handshakes after bonding over gaming.
“I met some kids from Mexico at Lost Tribe and now I have friends who live in a completely different country. We connect online and we play video games together and it’s just great,” said Matan, age 14, a JCC Maccabi athlete and avid gamer.
We will continue making history — and facilitating new Jewish friendships — at the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Detroit next week.
April 28, 2019
Mazal Tov to the University of Missouri Hillel!
Mizzou made history this week, defeating the University of Connecticut Hillel in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to claim the title of Lost Tribe Esports/Hillel collegiate champion.
Mizzou and UConn bested Hillel teams from Hofstra, University of Georgia, and University of Central Florida to reach the final of this first-ever event. All matches were played on April 28, 2019, a date that will go down in history as the beginning of intercollegiate esports competition among Hillel chapters in North America.
Lost Tribe Esports worked with Hillel International to create this first tournament, and provided the tech platform, prizes, and t-shirts to students at each participating Hillel. We are grateful to leadership at Hillel International and participating chapters for collaborating with us on this tournament, and congratulate all the competitors for making it a very fun and social event.
We look forward to growing this competition in the 2019-20 school year!