So you’re with a group of friends in your flat, having a few beers and wrecking shop in a game of Call of Duty until the following morning, just like every other Sunday night.
But have you ever wanted to take that one step further? Prove your worth as a squad in a competitive environment that pits fellow students against each other, like a game of Quidditch, only with plasma grenades or blue shells?
Well you’re in luck as the Student Gaming Championships are doing just that, as the UK’s first inter school, college and university video games league for students aged 13 and above.
Teams can be set up to compete in 10 different games across an eight week season, with the first ending in December. Each team will play once or twice a week with the size of the team depending on the particular game.
Substitutes can also be allocated for when you need that all important pee break, which could be the difference between victory and defeat. The 10 games currently in season one are:
- Fifa 16
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- Counter Strike
- Halo 4
- Mario Kart 8
- Super Smash Brothers
- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
- Dota 2
- League of Legends
Season one is currently UK only but season two is hoping to expand to other countries.
Student Gaming Championships boss Deepak Pathak said:
This is not only the UK’s first but probably one of the world’s first inter video game leagues for schools, colleges and universities.
Interest has exploded so we’ve had to start multiple leagues for certain games. Around 120 applications have came in with team requests from the likes of Germany and Russia.
The vision is to become the Fifa for gaming.”
The championships aren’t affiliated with a particular school, college or university so anybody can register and it’s absolutely free Deepack said.
Rules and regulations are still in the early stages of development as they will vary from game to game, but by working closely with teams and looking at help posted on their forums the championships hope to have comprehensive rules set across all games.
All matches will take place online with plans to live stream some of those games.
The finals at the end of season two next year will be a live physical event with prizes and we’ve been in talks with big companies and recruiters to try and mix it up.”
Deepak and the team recognise that gaming is traditionally seen to be very male dominated and hopes to get as many women involved as men.
The team that’s behind this project is majority women so we hope to see that translate into following seasons” Deepak said.
So if you fancy representing your college or university in any of those games then be sure to register your team here. The cut off point is tomorrow (17th October) but if you miss out then show your interest in season two which is set to begin in February next year.
If you have any further burning questions then head on over to the Student Gaming Championships’ forums.
And I know what you’re thinking, where the hell is Rocket League? Well, I’ve pitched it to Deepak so hopefully we’ll see that in the future. Who’s up for establishing the BCU Rocket League team?
Featured image credited to: Student Gaming Championships
Article image two credited to: Nintendo