We couldn’t have dreamed of playing Splatoon in school back when we were kids. Well, Splatoon didn’t exist all those years ago, for one. But video games as part of the school day just wasn’t heard of. It’s not all that uncommon any more, with games like Minecraft for Education being used in classrooms across the globe. And today, Nintendo has announced that it’s teaming up with Digital Schoolhouse to bring Splatoon 3 tournaments to schools across the UK.
This isn’t just about kids playing Splatoon 3 in class, however. Open to secondary school students, it’s about fulfilling real-life games industry roles to put together an esports team. Students will learn about career paths available in the games industry as well as practising important and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. And, well, knowing how to play Splatoon 3 isn’t going to go amiss either.
The four chosen players will go head-to-head with other schools in both regional and national qualifiers. The winning teams will then head into a Grand Final. Along with the thrill of being the ultimate winner, there’ll be prizes on offer throughout the programme, rewarding school teams for their skills on shoutcasting, design and journalism.
What is Digital Schoolhouse?
Digital Schoolhouse is a not-for-profit organisation that brings play-based learning to school environments. It’s delivered by Ukie, the games industry trade body, with backing from the government.