Norton College crowned winner of national Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament

Author: Laura Martin, Comms & Programme Manager

The highly anticipated grand final of the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle has reached a rip-roaring conclusion at Gfinity’s esports arena in Fulham - a whole 3 years since the Digital Schoolhouse team last set foot in the studio before the pandemic.

After months of hard work, skill and determination throughout both school and regional qualifiers respectively, Norton College Team Thunk 'N' Dunk were crowned winners. Fellow competitors Langley Grammar School won a very commendable 'first runner-up'. Calday Grange Grammar School and New College Swindon also attended as esteemed grand finalists. 

Winners Norton College with prizes
Winners Norton College with prizes

Danny from Norton College was awarded 'Best Shoutcaster' after casting alongside professionals Nimmz and Bowie on the day. Fellow student shoutcasters TJ and Freddie from Valley Park School also received high praise for their casting abilities.

Select students had the exclusive opportunity to sit with Gfinity's Production Crew to experience the real-time feed and gain an insight into yet another esports role behind the camera.

Students with Production Crew at Gfinity
Students with Production Crew at Gfinity

As always, immersive careers education is omnipresent. Our careers panel featured prominent names across a variety of disciplines, in both esports and video games: Manisha Dhokia creative production manager at Excel Exports, Becky Wright senior partnerships manager at NSE, Anna Poulter-Jones Associate at Sheridans, Mo Ali IP coordinator at Ukie.

Manisha said "Esports is one of the most creative industries out there" and advised students wanting to break into the industry to "be proactive, join Discord servers, join a community. Lots of people are passionate about gaming and are willing to listen". Anna added:

"I always loved games and played them when I was younger. A job came up that was related to events in games and through that, it opened my eyes to this whole industry and world of games. I realised that game law was a thing!"

Mo explained: "I graduated with a computer science degree... Understanding how algorithms work is something I rely on now and gives me the opportunity to work with companies".

Earlier competitors unable to join us in the studio, were gripped to the stream (tucking into some tasty treats too!)

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