|image credit: D. Tomeldan
While competitors were charged $10 each to cover the cost of prizes and a donation to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation at the behest of Nitza's Pizza.
|the prize table
|Nitza's Pizza provided pizzas for lunch.
|Microsoft provided Xbox One consoles for casual gaming.
|Winners of the Project M competition (left to right): King (SAL) in first, Crow (SAL) in second, and HDPizzas (AJS) in third.
Unfortunately due to time constraints the LoL tournament bracket wasn't completed, but the judges consulted the statistics and decided to award the prizes to Team GHZ from SCS.
|setting up early in the morning
|students checking in and reporting game outcomes
|Project M competition screens
|Project M on the south side
|League on the north side
|some LoL student shoutcasters
Participants were expected to abide by a code of conduct, and we didn't have any behavior issues from competitors or spectators.
As organizers we had expected that parents and staff would be questioning the value of a video game tournament during a school. We were prepared to talk about how students are often pulled out of classes for traditional sports tournaments, that many of the benefits of sports are also evident in esports, and that these students are often under-served by traditional extracurricular activities. However we were surprised at how positive and encouraging everyone has been about this event.
We've been encouraged to start planning the next event. Hopefully there will be another grades 7 to 12 tournament in the spring, as well as an elementary tournament at some point soon. Games being considered are Rocket League, Mario Kart, Halo 5, and Hearthstone. Obviously the latter two are rated "Teen" and won't be used for elementary tournaments.