A Fortnite Tournament for COP26
As world leaders gathered together in Glasgow at the beginning of November 2021 for the climate change conference, The Brave Jnr teamed up with Edinburgh Napier University to create an opportunity for young gamers to take part in a Fortnite tournament that pledged to plant trees in the real world for those that were chopped down in game.
The #GetOnWithIt Cup saw Fortnite players compete in an FNCS style tournament over 10 days where, as well as having the opportunity to win an Xbox Series S, they were encouraged to chop down as many trees as they could during their games with the promise that they would be replanted in the real world.
Teamwork Makes The Dream Work
An invitation was extended to North Lanarkshire secondary schools who had shown an interest in offering esports as part of the local authorities’ Future Fridays programme, asking their pupils to join in on the tournament which was run online and broadcast live every evening on Twitch as well as throughout the After The Pandemic Youth Hub for Cop26 at Strath Union in Glasgow.
Almost 200 players contributed to chop down 4156 trees on the Fortnite island which meant that, since Edinburgh Napier offered to double the count in representation of the guests who played at Strathclyde Union’s After the Pandemic Youth Hub for Cop26, an incredible 8312 trees will be planted by the university in honour of the #GetOnWithIt Cup.
#GOWI Cup Champion
Mark Henderson, an S5 pupil at St Aidan’s High School in Wishaw, who plays under the name Senex put in a stellar performance to win the competition and a brand new Xbox Series S.
Making the Headlines
The tournament’s success was celebrated in an article on The Daily Record which caught the eye of local Green MSP, Gillian Mackay who said, “The tournament organised by The Brave Jnr was a huge success and I was delighted to learn of their innovative idea which will see 8000 trees planted by Edinburgh Napier University.” and went further to submit a motion to the Scottish parliment to commend The Brave Jnr and Edinburgh Napier University for the work that went into organising the tournament.