School pupils beat thousands of peers to land top spot in Digital Schoolhouse National Esports Tournament

The Playstation-backed programme aims to inspire kids to pursue computing with a national gaming competition

Pupils from King Edward VI School in Suffolk have won the Digital Schoolhouse National Esports Tournament, held in London this month.

The Scorpions defeated rivals Only W! from Woking High School at the grand finale, which took place at London’s Gfinity Arena. The teams played Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment, battling it out for a range of prizes and a trophy.


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Scorpions’ team member Reuben 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.”

Eight teams competed at the grand final after months of regional qualifiers. The tournament set a record for participation, with 3,500 pupils from across the UK taking part.

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The competition was fierce and there were a few close calls, especially in our final round, but we triumphed in the end.
– Reuben, winning team member

Digital Schoolhouse’s Esports Tournament provides students with the opportunity to chat with experienced games professionals, and learn about career possibilities within the industry.

The final was also attended by spectators from the participating schools as well as figures from politics and the games industry, and matches were broadcast on streaming platform Twitch.

The competition was part of the 2019 London Games Festival, which comprises a series of events showcasing the UK’s games industry.

For more information on Digital Schoolhouse programme, visit their website at http://www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk

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