Ballyclare High School are NI E-Sports Champions!

By Ballyclare High School on 23 February, 2022

The Digital Schoolhouse Esports regional qualifiers took place today, on 23rd February 2022. Teams of students from schools and colleges across the country got together online to battle it out, with Sam Robinson, Daniel McCooke and Josiah Stewart from Ballyclare High School taking first place out of many teams that participated from Northern Ireland and Scotland in the tournament.

Reuben Hall and Noah Stewart were the shout-casters for the tournament.

The schools were battling it out from 9am in the Super Smash Bros ultimate team battle. The event would usually be based in London, but this year it took place online, with a live stream happening via Twitch.

Organisers, Digital Schoolhouse, also hosted a fantastic careers panel during the day. Speakers included: Journalist and Presenter, Elle Osili-Wood, Gaming partnerships Lead for TikTok Europe, Wayne Emanual, UK Designer and Researcher, Netspeak Games, Nida Ahmed, Actor, Game Developer & Producer – Silver Rain Games, Abubakar Salim and Game Music Composer, Sound Designer & Audio Consultant, Jade Leamcharaskul. The careers panel provided learners with a great opportunity to listen to industry experts, ask them questions and gain valuable insight and advice on how to break into the industry.

The winning team at Ballyclare High School were delighted, captain Sam Robinson said:

“It was tense, but overall it was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go to England for the semi finals – I would recommend signing up. I was worried it would be too competitive, but it was really fun.”

The semi finals take place on Friday 18th March in Salford, England.

Mr G Shaw