Team New College picks up Digital Schoolhouse esports trophy

15 Dec 2020

The Digital Schoolhouse National Esports grand final took place on 11th Nov. Thirteen regional school and college champions battled it out in the Super Mario Smash Bros tournament, with Peter, Mat and Joe from New College taking first place out of 1000 teams that participated. This week, the team received a trophy, medals and gift bags filled with Super Mario merchandise!

Mat said: “This experience helps with team work and communication, it was really fun! I was on the edge of my seat and it was intense, but good fun and I’ve gained a lot of skills. We’ve also made friends out of this experience, which is great.”

The event would usually be based in London, but this year it took place online, with a live stream happening via Twitch. Organisers, Digital Schoolhouse, also hosted a fantastic careers panel during the day. Speakers included: Journalist and Presenter, Elle Osili-Wood, Gaming partnerships Lead for TikTok Europe, Wayne Emanual, UK Designer and Researcher, Netspeak Games, Nida Ahmed, Actor, Game Developer & Producer - Silver Rain Games, Abubakar Salim and Game Music Composer, Sound Designer & Audio Consultant, Jade Leamcharaskul. The careers panel provided learners with a great opportunity to listen to industry experts, ask them questions and gain valuable insight and advice on how to break into the industry.

Tony Gilbert, Assistant Curriculum Manager – Business, Computing and Travel & Tourism at New College, is extremely proud of the team. He commented:

"I am delighted that Peter, Joe and Mat are DSH National Esports Winners 2020! They have worked incredibly hard and are deserved winners and overcome some tough opponents on the path to the grand finale. Esports is more than just 'playing games' it really is about developing vital life skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, and resilience and the guys demonstrated that throughout the whole tournament. The learners, the college and I are extremely grateful to Digital Schoolhouse and their sponsors for all their hard work behind the scenes to setup the virtual grand finale - without them this would not have been possible! A quick mention on the careers panel, organised by Digital Schoolhouse during the final, with industry experts was so inspirational and I know learners across the college will find their advice so helpful! We look forward to retaining our trophy in 2021."

New College Swindon is also offering a new BTEC National Extended Diploma in Esports. The Level 3 course will provide learners with the necessary skills on how to healthily compete in tournaments and how to set up an esports tournament whilst considering legal and ethical issues within the industry. Modules include: Esports Industry Knowledge, Esports Events, Esports Coaching, Nutrition for Esports Performance, Games Design, Live-Streamed Broadcasting, Sports and Esports Law and Legislation, Customer Immersion Experiences, Esports Tournament Organisation and Shoutcasting.

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