Digital Schoolhouse, Nintendo UK and Outright Games Reveal National Junior Esports Tournament

Today Outright Games, the leading publisher of kids interactive entertainment, in partnership with Digital Schoolhouse and Nintendo UK have released details of the first-ever national junior esports tournament. This competition will be an immersive career experience for pupils aged between 8-11 years old, where they will be playing competitive games on Nintendo Switch such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo), Race with Ryan and Crayola Scoot (Outright Games).

The launch of the tournament follows a successful pilot scheme in 2020 which demonstrated numerous practical benefits for the children who participated.

It allows aspiring learners to take part in real job roles within the video games industry through a range of lessons and activities mapped to subjects on the curriculum such as Computing, English, Maths, Design and Technology (DT) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

A number of the resources are based on a range of popular, age-appropriate video games on Nintendo Switch such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Race with Ryan and Crayola Scoot. There is also additional generic “plugin” resources that allow teachers to use different games to engage their students.

The launch of the tournament follows a successful pilot scheme in 2020 which demonstrated numerous practical benefits for the children who participated.

The Junior Esports Evaluation Report showed that pupils who participated in the esports tournament were more engaged with activities in school. 84% of pupils wanted more lessons in school similar to the esports tournament. 55% of teachers reported that their pupils’ level of attainment was higher than usual.

It also saw increased interest in industry-relevant skills and careers. 55% of teachers reported children were significantly more motivated to study computing upon completion of the pilot. 65% of pupils associating the tournament with fostering skills such as teamwork. And 91% of teachers reported that pupils were either very or extremely interested in careers in games.

The senior esports tournament will also resume shortly with the DSH Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle, set to recommence for ages 12-18 years across the UK in its fifth iteration.

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