Introducing our Tournament Coordinator Luke

Author: Luke Bethwaite, DSH Tournament Coordinator

Hey gamers! I’m Luke and I have worked for Belong Gaming Arenas for over two years and have stepped up to help Digital Schoolhouse as their Tournament Coordinator along with my current role. I’ll be the guy people come to as the main point of contact for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle Tournament. 

At Belong we have 26 Gaming Arenas up and down the UK, Craigavon in Northern Ireland, up to Aberdeen in Scotland and all the way down to Portsmouth! 

On the surface it is my job to host players and welcome them into our Arena, get them booked in, provide some snacks, and sit them down for an awesome gaming session on whatever they want to play! We also host parties of all types. We have a blast getting players either competing to see who can be at the top of the leaderboard to win a trophy or have a nice chilled out session.  

We also provide tailored sessions for players with Autism in a quieter area of the arena, with lower lighting to help reduce sensory overload and for those who are in care. 

The job tends to have two sides. There is the technical side of hardware and computer maintenance. This can range from keeping things up-to-date and running smoothly, troubleshooting, or even taking computers apart! Then there is also the social side. Hosting quizzes, doing publisher activities and seasonal events. Getting to know your regular customers, learning who they are. I didn’t realize being an agony aunt came with the job title! But that is something I honestly would not change. 

On with the show! I hope you’re all ready for the Tournament, practice and teamwork is everything. Getting used to your comrades and how you play together is absolutely the key... even if you aren’t the strongest individually! We have some exciting things in store for you all and we’re all going to Smash it! 

Get in touch with Luke: dshesports@ukie.org.uk 


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