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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.
The national esports tournament concluded last month, but whilst game play ceases, it gives us an opportunity to look back at the event and showcase some of the amazing work that went on behind the scenes.
At DSH, our vision is to bridge the gap between education and industry, and throughout the tournament we highlighted careers education in esports, video games and wider tech at every opportunity: from players to production, and even the winners' trophy…
Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation, and The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) are proud to be collaborating this year, as part of the National Esports Tournament that concluded earlier this month, at Gfinity’s arena in Fulham Broadway.
Four of our regional champions from across the UK headed to Gfinity’s London arena yesterday, to battle it out for the coveted trophy, designed by a father-daughter duo representing Creative Assembly. After fierce competition playing Blizzard’s Overwatch, Cryptonite for The Crypt School came out on top and went home the winners.
1 game. 4 venues. 60 players. 82.7k spectators.
This week saw a dramatic end to the programme’s national esports qualifiers, with two additional teams joining last week's Regional Champions after battling it out on Twitch's homepage to an audience of 675+, playing Blizzard's Overwatch.
The programme’s National Esports Qualifiers are well underway, with two teams already reigning Regional Champions following this week’s competition with Blizzard’s Overwatch in Manchester and Staffordshire.
Our first Regional Qualifier, hosted by Manchester Belong at the Trafford Centre, welcomed visiting schools from the North of England, including teams from Manchester and Liverpool.
We’ve had one of the best years yet and we’re only half way through! Digital Schoolhouse now has 30+ Schoolhouses throughout the UK, with an estimated 15,000+ pupils and 1600+ visiting teachers that’ll be reached by the programme this academic year. Besides furthering our reach, we’ve also delighted in SEGA, Warwickshire County Council and Scirra joining PlayStation in supporting the programme and enabling us to expand. So, what is all the fuss about and why do people want to get involved?
The Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation National Esports Tournament is in full play and whilst teams battle through their in-house heats to become reigning school champion, we’d like to take a moment to thank our tournament supporters including XMA-Viglen, Blizzard Entertainment, SEGA Europe and GAME for making this competition possible, and already inspiring hundreds of students across the UK.