POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle will be postponed until further notice, as a result of the evolving coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.
The health and safety of everyone involved in the tournament, including students, teachers and venue staff, is paramount. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the coronavirus during this challenging time.
It has been a very exciting and busy 5 months or so at New College Swindon with our internal Smash Bros league-taking place every lunchtime. Despite having over 100 learners across the college sign up we decided to put the tournament in the canteen to increase awareness and interest around esports. This has resulted in lots of spectators, including staff and students, watching the matches.
Over the last month, we have been running the 12 regional qualifiers as part of the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle across 12 locations from the south of England through to Northern Ireland.
It’s crazy to think that a year has already passed since I first took on the role as Curriculum Content Developer at Digital Schoolhouse, and what a year it has been!
Two things strike me as I reflect on my first year at Digital Schoolhouse. Firstly, that the crazy teaching ideas that got me into trouble when I was doing my teacher training are actually what I get paid for now and secondly, that this is the best job I have ever had!
Every lunch time since September we have been running an eports tournament with Digital Schoolhouse. This has involved students taking on roles such as manager, shoutcaster and others in what is actually a huge industry worldwide - the competitive playing of a game in front of an audience for (potentially) huge prizes. The Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros.
Let it go...
Letting go is hard, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and am very protective of my work and therefore having to let go and trust that one of my sixth formers will run this years esports tournament with minimal input from me has been terrifying!
It’s with an odd mix of excitement and disappointment that we announce that registrations for the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle have now closed! Demand has been overwhelming, and we are delighted to have 70 schools participating in the tournament. We would have loved to accommodate more schools this year but due to capacity unfortunately we had to cap entrants. Rest assured, we hope to be able to increase numbers next year.
Schools and colleges that are part of the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle are all eligible to receive support from a careers coach. That is, video games industry professionals who kindly volunteer their time to inspire and inform students about future opportunities and possible careers pathways that they might not otherwise consider.
It’s been one week since our new lead partnership with Nintendo UK was announced, and here at Ukie HQ we’re still reeling with excitement from the riot of activity and engagement that we’ve received in positive response.