The UK’s only national schools esports tournament came to a thrilling end yesterday after an insane final battle held at the Gfinity Arena in London. Seven teams came together at the Grand Final event to duke it out after months of gruelling regional qualifiers, playing the smash hit game Overwatch, with the tournament seeing a record 3,500 participants from across the UK.
After crashing out in the final stages of last year’s competition, the Scorpions of King Edward VI School made a triumphant return to form and snatched victory in London. They overcame tournament frontrunners Only W! from Woking High School to win a range of prizes and the coveted Digital Schoolhouse trophy.
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.”
The finale acted as an immersive careers experience and drew a wide range of high profile guests and spectators from across participating schools, the games industry and the political landscape, with matches also broadcast on video streaming platform Twitch. Students had the opportunity to converse with experienced video games professionals, broadening horizons and highlighting career growth opportunities as part of a truly unique educational experience provided by Digital Schoolhouse and its games industry partners.
The finale was part of the 2019 London Games Festival, which is comprised of a series of events showcasing London and the UK’s globally-lauded games industry. Other events of the festival include EGX Rezzed at Tobacco Docks, Now Play This at Somerset House and a cosplay parade through the capital, all backed by the Mayor of London, who over the last three years has provided £1.2 million of funding to the festival.