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Game on – first primary school esports league

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Video games are definitely a thing with pro gamers garnering big money for their skills, it’s only natural that esports would interact with education at some stage and St Hilda’s on the Gold Coast is launching the country’s first primary inter school esports competition.

Daniel Martinez Coordinator of Innovation at the school saw the opportunity to kickstart an official Queensland Schools esports League after learning there was nothing like it on offer for school students across Queensland.

Martinez said he secured instant interest from more than 15 schools around Queensland and had huge interest and uptake from students to get the competition off the ground.

“Despite common misconceptions esports is not about increasing screen time,” he said.

This is a competition where students flex their problem-solving skills, memory, multitasking abilities and social skills in a new and innovative way.

The league is about sociable, face-to-face competition, camaraderie and good sportsmanship, much like any other inter school competition

Martinez said players in the league were required to abide by strict player codes of conduct that promote d the practice of sportsmanship, eSafety and digital wellbeing strategies, and gameplay time limits.

“Globally esports has gained huge traction with major universities around Australia now offering scholarships for esports competitors and that’s not slowing down anytime soon. We’re exposing StHilda’s girls and students across Queensland to these opportunities from an early age, to prepare them for a digital era that’s not slowing down anytime soon.”

Students have the chance to participate in the growing eSports arena in a safe, supported and education –based environment

The Queensland Schools Junior eSports League is the only one of its kind for upper primary and lower secondary students in the State.

The top performing eSports students from state, independent and Catholic schools from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, Beaudesert and the Gold Coast will take part in Round Two of the competition this month

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