Schools compete at the home of the UK’s first eSports degree

Staffordshire University will host the competition as one of the UK’s leading providers of computer game courses

Schools from across the West Midlands are heading to Staffordshire University for the regional heats of a national eSports competition.

Staffordshire University is to launch the UK’s first eSports degree in September 2018 and cements its reputation as a leader in computer games degree courses.

The Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation National eSports Tournament is designed to engage secondary school pupils with careers and opportunities in eSports and creative industries. 

Associate Professor of Games Education Bobbie Fletcher said: “It’s great for us to be hosting the Regional Qualifier and while we don’t want competitors to lose focus, we are hoping to impress them and spectators with our facilities and our Computer Games courses which are recognised among the best in the country.”

The tournament capitalises on the popularity of gaming – currently, 99% of 8–15-year-old children play games. 

Belong by GAME is hosting three of the Regional Qualifiers at their Bristol, Manchester and Kingston arenas for 15 teams and spectators from different schools and regions across the UK. 

School teams battling for a semi-finals place at Staffordshire University heats on Wednesday 7th March are Campion School, Kineton High and Coleshill School, King Edward VI school in Stratford Upon Avon and Shire Oak Academy.  

Blizzard Entertainment will be providing its popular team-based first-person action game, Overwatch, as the main title for the event.