GAMERS from Coventry College have finished second in a prestigious national Esports competition featuring 70 teams from around the country.
Coventry Crimson narrowly missed out on the top prize in the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros Ultimate Team Battle 2020.
The tournament saw more than 200 students across the UK pitting their wits against each other in a series of team and individual duels in the fighting game.
Coventry Crimson secured their place in the final before the Coronavirus pandemic with a four-game winning streak but had to wait seven months for the final which they eventually lost 3-1 to New College Swindon.
Their runner-up medal comes hot on the heels of the college’s Coventry Crosshairs being named as one of the top four College Esports teams in England. They made it to the semi-finals of the British Esports Association’s Overwatch Tournament where again there were 70 teams taking part.
Garrick Davies has been with Coventry Crimson – dedicated to performing on the Super Smash Bros Ultimate game – from the start.
He has been both a supporter and coach and praised how far the group had come in a short space of time.
“The team was incredibly disappointed after losing the final – which shows how dedicated they are – but I reminded them to take a step back and look at what they have achieved in under a year.”
The team has recruited new students for the year but, Garrick added, was right to bring back some of the old players for the
Digital Schoolhouse final as they played a key role getting the side to this point.
Coventry Crimson has only been going a year but has already shown its potential for bringing through the next generation of Esports professionals.
The team’s manager Shoubna Naika-Taylor recently representing Coventry College at the British Esports Association’s Esports in Education Summit where she spoke about how to integrate Esports into an education setting.
She said both of the teams’ journeys in the past year showed the importance of Esports within education – not just as a future career, but for the other benefits as well.
She added it helped them grow as individuals and develop skills they could use in other areas of their lives, such as problem solving, resilience, celebrating achievements and working as a team.
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