What if your teenager or pre-teen could engage in the video gaming they love – while connecting with other Jewish kids in a safe, mensch-y environment in which to make friends? Now they can.
If you have a teenager or pre-teen in the house, you know how popular video games are with Generation Z. Gaming is part of the landscape for today’s teens — and has become, for many of them, a central part of their social life. And it’s here to stay:
Over 130 colleges have varsity esports programs, according to the National Association of Collegiate Sports, with most offering scholarships to attract the best talent. With brands like Disney, Amazon, Coke, and Nike investing billions in the space, it’s clear that esports will be part of the Generation Z experience for decades to come.
We created Lost Tribe Esports to give teens a chance to play the games they love in a Jewish environment. This builds on a long tradition of sports, camps and more in the Jewish community – meeting kids where they are to engage them in the community. Our founder, leaders and supporters are steeped in this experience and tradition.
Lost Tribe Esports is a safe platform for Jewish teens to connect with each other through video game competition—in a fun environment informed by Jewish values. We are a nonprofit organization, leveraging the popularity of gaming to bring teens together and foster positive Jewish identity and friendships.
With generous support from JumpSpark, and in conjunction with the Marcus JCC and The Weber School, Lost Tribe Esports is launching in Atlanta this fall, with a series of online tournaments and in-person events.
How we keep things fun and safe:
- We combine virtual, play-from-home tournaments with in-person social/gaming events, leading teens toward real, in-person friendships with Jewish peers.
- We do not play “shooter” games. We play sports-based, strategy, and fantasy games like NBA2K, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros., Rocket League, etc.
- All communications in our online events are monitored by an adult
- Our code of conduct is informed by Jewish values; participants are expected to act like a mensch.
We look forward to working with families throughout Atlanta and welcome your questions and input. Together, we will offer teens a great new gaming experience, as they build Jewish friendships to last a lifetime. •