National School Nintendo Smash Final

Four of our students competed in the final stage of the national Digital School House Super Smash Bros Ultimate eSports Tournament last week. Jenson Copley (Year 11), Ruben Copley (Year 13) and Okan Paca (Year 12), played really well and won nearly all of their matches, but unfortunately, they didn’t quite make it to the grand final. James Nolan (Year 13) had the role of shout caster, or commentator, alongside the players.

To make it to this stage, the boys competed in Year Group rounds within school earlier in the year. The winners of those rounds went forward to play a regional final at the Metro Centre in Gateshead in March, before the first Coronavirus lockdown took place. This last round of the competition had to be played online within school.

Brothers Jenson and Ruben are both keen gamers at home. When asked if there was any sibling rivalry involved, Ruben commented, “No, but unfortunately our younger brother Lewis, who’s in Year 8, was knocked out in the school rounds this year, but hopefully he’ll make it through to the final next year”.

James, who played the shout caster said, “My role requires an in depth knowledge of the actual game being played. My job is to give a running commentary of the game and the reactions of the players as the game unfolds”.

Media teacher, Annabel Gregory said “They may have missed out on a place in the grand final, but they can feel very proud to have made it to the last fifteen teams as over 1000 teams entered the competition”.

The national tournament was set up by Digital Schoolhouse in association with Nintendo Switch, to engage students with technology and digital creativity, as well as educating both students, teachers and parents about the endless opportunities digital skills can create. The tournament can help to engage young people with developing digital skills and soft skills, as well as enabling future talent to aspire to careers they have yet to discover.

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