The National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) announced today it has selected Healthy Player ONE to be its exclusive provider of anti-bullying and injury-prevention software for colleges and schools to help make esports a safer and more inclusive environment for all students.
“Educators, students and parents are concerned about two substantive challenges regarding esports that prevent it from being a healthy and inclusive environment,” commended Healthy Player ONE Chief Product Officer Elliott Levine. “Harassment and injury from prolonged play not only reduce student participation but may also subject schools and colleges to litigation and Title IX investigations.”
Recent articles and research have shown that nearly two-thirds of all players reported experiencing severe harassment during game play, and more than half of college esports players report one or more symptoms from excessive play. Recent headlines across many media outlets call out issues related to harassment and injuries across the esports industry.
Healthy Player ONE software allows users to capture game play and headset audio on demand, allowing a student being harassed to quietly report code of conduct violations. Information is captured and uploaded to the company’s cloud dashboard where school officials can review the incident and determine the appropriate course of action. Further, the software sets time limits for game play across the network of gaming PCs and allows school officials to maintain a log of any self-reported symptoms from students.
“NAECAD’s mission is to positively enhance the professional development and growth of coaches and directors involved in competitive esports,” said Dr. Jay Prescott, NAECAD’s Executive Director. “The Healthy Player ONE solution proactively addresses physical injuries and the emotional pain associated with bullying an harassment, both serious challenges facing esports coaches.” Prescott added that Healthy Player ONE acts in a fashion very similar to cameras on school buses. The goal isn’t to punish students, but deter bad behavior done by the few that ruin it for other players.
As part of the partnership, Healthy Player ONE will provide licenses for annual research studies and introduce thought leadership videos on healthy game play. Healthy Player ONE is sold to schools and universities on an annual subscription and will be formally launched in Fall 2020 at several academic conferences. To learn more about the solution and to introduce more responsible game play into your school or university, please visit www.healthyplayerone.com.
Healthy Player One helps reduce injury and bullying in scholastic esports. Launched in 2020 with a team of proven executives from software development, education technology sales and academic esports, the software captures game play and allows school officials to monitor use and identify symptoms from prolonged play. The first SaaS solution designed to proactively monitor and report on health and safety in esports, Healthy Player ONE is broken down into two primary components using client-based software and our cloud dashboard. For more information, visit http://www.healthyplayerone.com and follow on social media at @HealthyPlayer1.
The National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD – pronounced Nay-cad), founded in 2019, is the primary professional organization for competitive esports coaches and directors at all levels of competitive play (club, high school, college, and professional). With a membership of nearly 200 esports coaches and director, NAECAD strives to serve, legitimize, and advance competitive esports at all levels with NAECAD members at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development. NAECAD’s vision is for esports to be viewed as a prominent competitive sport with highly trained NAECAD members leading the professional development, growth, and quality of competitive esports Learn more at www.naecad.org and on Twitter @TheNAECAD.
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