The highly anticipated grand finale of the Overwatch Digital Schoolhouse Esports tournament came to an explosive end yesterday at Gfinity’s London arena, as eight teams battled it out for the title of UK Esports Champions 2019.
March has been momenumental for Digital Schoolhouse! With a 55% increase in school & college participation on last year's esports tournament, there's been more talent, teachers, travelling and andrenalin than ever before... and it's still not over! Our team has also grown, as we welcomed brand new Esports Programme Manager, Mike. As we look forward to our Grand Final on 10 April at Gfinity's arena, we reflect back on our top 10 highlights from the tournament so far.
Throughout March we’ve been fully immersed in esports; travelling across the length and breadth of the country to host our knockouts before the grand finale event on 10 April. Still, we’re not the only ones who have been busy. Behind the scenes, a whole host of people have contributed to making this tournament the biggest and best yet.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Deliveries are rolling into the office and consequently, us DSH-ers are sat amongst a pile of boxes and packing peanuts… all in the name of esports. Each box is full of goodies for our Regional Qualifiers, and behold, all regional participants will be awarded with some pretty amazing prizes. In DSH style, it’s the taking part that counts in this competition, however our Regional Champs most certainly won’t go home unrewarded.
2018 has been a landmark year for Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) and one with many firsts! We've reached over 15,000 students, featured on Twitch's homepage, hobnobbed with royalty and acquired a new team member (and we're looking for one more!). Here's our best bits from 2018, so grab a mug of something festive and join us in reflecting on what I'm sure you can agree, has been a pivotal year for Digital Schoolhouse and for computing education.
St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy are one of the programme's longest standing Schoolhouses and have been involved in the Digital Schoolhouse esports tournament from the very start. Here’s how they’ve successfully forged relationships within their local community for the betterment of esports in their school.
Following the annoucement at Ukie’s AGM, we return with our third national esports tournament and we are delighted to announce that the competition once again features the popular game Overwatch® by Blizzard Entertainment. Last year’s tournament succeeded to reach over 2,000 students who participated as either players or as part of the school or college’s event management, social media, press and community team.
Digital Schoolhouse recently travelled to Sheffield for The Children's Media Conference (CMC) 2018, welcoming professionals across sectors serving the children's and youth audience including: television production, interactive media, games, the academic community and more.
In true DSH fashion we decided to shake things up and introduce delegates to the world of Esports.