Gamers at Solihull School have triumphed at the inaugural British Esports Association schools’ tournament.
Esports is a fast-growing, worldwide pastime where teams compete against each other at computer games such as Fifa 17 and League of Legends.
Solihull’s six-strong team dominated the pilot event, winning five out of six games. The event was staged to highlight the upcoming British Esports Championships for schools and colleges, which begins in September.
Solihull School’s Head of ICT and Computing, Vanessa Patel, said: “We were very excited to take part in this pilot competition for the British Esports Championships, so to win it was extra special.
“Congratulations to the team, they all played superbly and I can’t wait to see what they achieve next.”
Team member, Ned Goodman, said: “Having this as a competitive event actually helps us to channel our gaming into something productive.
“Playing games such as these helps develop a sense of teamwork and helps sharpen certain skills like depth perception and reaction speeds.”
Now, the team is keen to capture the biggest prize of all, the British Esports Championships crown. The competition begins in September and will run throughout the academic year, with the grand finals in August 2019.