King’s top e-sport competition teams

The world of esports continues to grow and now two teams from the same school in Dunedin have won almost $2,000 in prize money at a national tournament.

Six students from King’s High School took their mice and keyboards to battle it out at the Southern Rocket Masters Open Competition in Invercargill last week, where students from middle and high schools across the country competed in a games tournament.

The video game played was rocket leaguewhich combines car driving with the game of football in teams of three.

Luke Smith, head of digital technology at King’s High School, said of the 24 teams entered, the King’s 1 and King’s 2 teams came out on top.

Of the $5,000 prize pool, King’s 1 took home $1,000 as the winner and King’s $2,800 as the runner-up.

The money was shared equally among the team members.

King’s 1 member Max Hodgins said it was great to be able to represent the school doing what he loved.

His team had beaten the other 4-1, which some of the other players described as a “thrashing”.

Hunter Bowen (13), a member of King’s 2, said the other two members of his team were in their final year of school, so he had already started working on creating a team that could beat King’s 1 .

Before the tournament, his team met by voice call about twice a week after school to practice.

Mr Smith said the school first took part in esports tournaments last year.

There were more competitions coming up this year, including another Rocket League tournament and another for a shooter called Valorant.

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Sara R. Cicero