Scorpions crowned UK esports champions 2019 at gfinity's esports arena
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.
After seven months of hard work, skill and determination throughout both school heats and regional qualifiers, Scorpions of King Edward VI were crowned winners. Reuben A of the Scorpions said “It was an honour to be here and take part today. The competition was fierce and there were a few close calls, especially in our final round, but we triumphed in the end.”
Scott from Marling School CBAT also took home the title of Best Shoutcaster 2019 and behind-the-scenes students adopted roles of Observer, Audio Mixer and Vision Mixer. Insightful careers snippets were also offered up to our audience of students, teachers and parents throughout, including an inspiring careers panel, and keynote from Joel Holmes-Darby, Director of Excel Esports.
Our 'careers insights with the pros' panel featured prominent names across a variety of disiplines, in both esports and video games: Liz Prince, Business Manager at Amiqus, Mary Antieul, Head of Esports and Partnerships at Belong by GAME, Luci Nadrag, League of Legends Analyst at Excel, Geo Collins, Esports Commentator and Host, and Charlotte Rouget-Murphy, Jr Digital Account Manager at SEGA Europe Ltd.
Panellists recalled their first games job in homage to Ukie's 30 Years of Play campaign #MyFirstGamesJob, where professionals from the video games industry were invited to tweet about how they got their big break. Audience members were also invited to ask questions to the panel and students certainly embraced the opportunity. Notably, one student took a brilliantly direct approach, asking panellists where they see themselves in 5 years time.
In addition, careers education was a natural thread throughout the conversation (and the event). Geo advised students wanting to get into the industry to "build a portfolio to showcase the broad range of skills you’ve learned". Liz explained that “one of my biggest passions is finding a way of getting girls into the games industry. Esports is a great way to do this”.
Besides the fantastic student talent, another star of the show was the UK Esports Champions 2019 trophy, produced by Best Student Shoutcaster 2018, Dan Parker from New College Swindon. The trophy was 3D printed and took the form of the red Digital Schoolhouse complete with blue headset.
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