The second annual EIPS Elementary eSports Tournament brought together almost 150 kids for a day of online gaming and activities.
Four elementary schools participated in this year's eSports tournament today (January 27) including École Parc Élémentaire, Fort Saskatchewan Elementary, Mills Haven Elementary School, and Lamont Elementary.
The tournament provided an opportunity for students to show camaraderie in areas they usually don't get to.
"We celebrate a lot of different sports in our district," said Ryan Layton, principal of École Parc Élémentaire. "Sometimes we have students who don't have passion in those areas so this allows them to demonstrate their skills and interests."
Globally, eSports tournaments are becoming increasingly popular, filling sport stadiums around the world and offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. In fact, many post-secondary institutions now offer eSports varsity teams and scholarships. Within Alberta, EIPS is one of the first school divisions to host tournaments for eSports and as a result is gaining attention province-wide.
The main gaming tournament is a double elimination format of the archery video game TowerFall Ascension.
Other games and activities set up around the school were Minecraft, drone construction and flying, digital bridge construction, Mario Kart, Just Dance, NHL 2017, and Lego building.
Elk Island Public Schools partnered with local community businesses to make the day of creativity possible.