The Brave Jnr is offering Lanarkshire schools the chance to participate in an esports tournament during Future Fridays.
Our goal with this event is to raise awareness and promote the benefits of esports by supporting local secondary schools to create their own esports clubs and by providing the contest as a platform to showcase the hugely positive impact that activities like this can have on young people.
In an ideal world, schools would be kitted out with enough top spec PC’s, or even gaming consoles, for every player and a high speed internet connection on a network that remains secure and allows online gaming.
While this dream is not as far from reach as some of you may think, it does remain a dream for the foreseeable future, at least, but lack of hardware or funds to bribe your school’s IT tech doesn’t have to exclude your pupils from engaging with esports and reaping the benefits.
During the pandemic we took The Brave Jnr’s activities online and since then we have been able to successfully organise and deliver various esports activities completely online with young people being engaged and participating from their own homes.
For schools looking to explore esports we recommend creating a hybrid working style club that meets in school but also via an online community (through Teams, Discord or the game) allowing students to return home and use their own devices and game accounts to participate in practice sessions and tournament matches.
Once the tournament gets going, matches will take place online on Friday afternoons and participating teams will be expected to be present on the tournament hub (Teams or Discord) where all arrangements will be made and updates will be posted. There will be a live broadcast each week on The Brave Jnr Twitch/YouTube channel that anyone can watch but players will also be encouraged to create their own broadcasts.
There will be two different games to compete in, Fortnite and Rocket League. Schools can enter teams for both games or just for one. Both games require teams of 3. After feedback from participating schools we have removed the cap for teams per school, meaning schools can enter as many teams as they wish. The purpose in this event is to promote the benefits of esports and to drive engagement, we feel that everyone should have the chance to take part.
There may be pupils who want to be involved with your esports club but don’t want to compete, there are many other activities that you can promote such as video/content creation, social media channels and team brand design. You can even host watch parties in school on Friday afternoons to support your school team! Don’t worry if that sounds confusing or you don’t fully understand, we have your back and will be on hand to help build your club and offer support wherever you may need it.
When choosing games to feature in the tournament we took a number of factors into consideration.
Firstly, as this aimed towards schools, it was important to ensure that the games were age appropriate, Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12 and Rocket League a PEGI rating of 3, so both games are appropriate for secondary school pupils.
Both games are also free to play and download on a variety of devices with cross-play enabled meaning everyone, regardless of their device, will be able to play together.
The games featured currently and any that may be added in the future must fit these three criteria:
Fortnite is a battle royale game which means that matches will take place in a free-for-all style with all teams participating in the same map at the same time.
Game days will see teams play a set number of matches where they will earn points for placement and eliminations which will then be calculated into a leader board.
Teams consist of 3 players who will each require an device capable of running the game (xbox, playstation, pc) and a game account with an appropriate username. The game is free to download and if your team is playing from home there is a good chance that players will already have it installed.
Rocket League sees teams go head to head in game that is much like football except using rocket powered battle cars where the players would usually be!
The tournament will feature a more traditional format with round robin group stages followed by a single elimination bracket final.
As with Fortnite: Teams consist of 3 players who will each require an device capable of running the game (xbox, playstation, pc) and a game account with an appropriate username. The game is free to download and if your team is playing from home there is a good chance that players will already have it installed.
The tournament will start with Fortnite on Friday 11th February.
Rocket League will begin the following week.
The tournament will be broadcast live on The Brave Jnr’s Twitch channel: twitch.tv/thebravejnr
There is no cap to the number of teams that can be entered by any given school.
We decided to remove the team cap for each school after receiving feedback that schools had several interested teams and we don’t want anyone to miss out. 🙂
Gaming accessory company HyperX have agreed to sponsor the tournament and have will provide their high quality headsets to each player from the winning teams.
There is no fee.
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Empowering young people in Scotland to build brighter future through esports.