Silverton's Mario Kart E-sports Tourney

On the 25th of November, Silverton Primary School hosted its first ever Mario Kart e-sports tournament and invited Haileybury and Keysborough College to join in on the competition! Our e-sports tournament was supported by eSmart, Logitech, Winc education, The FUSE Cup and LeMans Entertainment

As a way to get more schools in the local area involved in e-sports and introduce them to the social and emotional benefits it has, Silverton PS organised its first ever inter-school e-sports tournament! With Mario Kart being our game of choice, students had to race in pairs to try and accumulate more points than their opponents in order to advance and eventually win the tournament. With Haileybury and Keysborough SC bringing a few of their students to join in on the tournament, we had a total of 14 teams (28 students) participating to see who will be crowned Silverton's E-sports Tournament Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Grand Champions of 2022. Silverton went with a double elimination tournament structure with a total of 3 stages: quarter finals, semi-finals and grand finals. If any teams lost in the quarter finals, they would be put into a lower bracket and compete amongst each other to see who would be the Mario Kart Lower Bracket Winners of 2022.

We started off our day going through the schedule, competition rules and what prizes were up for grabs. Students had a chance to win various Logitech prizes such as an MX Anywhere 3 Graphite mouse, a K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and a Studio Series Desk Mat which were all kindly donated to us through our sponsorship with Winc education and Logitech! Additionally, The FUSE Cup had donated a free registration to their 2023 FUSE Girl Gamer Competition for whichever school were crowned champions in our tournament! Not only that, LeMans Entertainment really made everyone who participated feel like a winner by generously donating a $10 free play voucher to their arcade area 'Arcadia' to each student that participated in the tournament. We would like to thank our supporters and sponsors for donating these lovely prizes as without them, our tournament definitely would not have been as exciting or as successful!

Before the games begun, our school captain Jack Procter and our Mario Kart FUSE Cup national champion Raaga Pravintheran did a presentation about sportsmanship, how to be a better team player through effective communication and taking care of your wellbeing through watching SassQueenAmy's YouTube video 'Maintaining Wellbeing as a Gamer'. Furthermore, we also had a presentation from Silverton Primary School's eSmart - AMF Advisor Daniel Taylor who talked about the importance of staying safe online while gaming and what that looks like. We were thrilled to have Daniel Taylor and Sam Cobb come out to our competition to see first-hand how e-sports can benefit students both emotionally and socially while also using it as an opportunity to equip them with the knowledge and skills to be cyber safe. Students are constantly surrounded by technology whilst growing up thus schools have an obligation to help them navigate the digital space and respond appropriately to any anti-social behaviour they might experience.

Quarter finals kicked off with a total of 6 teams from Silverton PS, 4 teams from Haileybury and 4 teams from Keysborough SC. These teams were spread out as evenly as possible across 4 groups where teams played a total of 8 races (4 races each student). The top 2 teams from each group advanced to the semi-finals while as the rest were put into the lower bracket. The teams that made it through to the semi-finals were: Silverton Teams 1, 2, 4 and 6, Haileybury Teams 1, 2 and 4 and Keysborough Team 1. The teams that were put into the lower bracket were: Keysborough Teams 2, 3 and 4, Silverton Teams 3 and 5 and Haileybury Team 3.

After a 20 minute break, the semi-finals kicked off with 8 teams split into 2 groups. The lower bracket kicked off with 6 teams also splitting into 2 groups. After the 8 races were completed, the 4 teams that made it through to the grand finals were: Haileybury Teams 1 and 4 and Silverton Teams 1 and 2. As for the lower bracket, the 6 teams were filtered down to 4 teams who were: Keysborough Teams 3 and 4 and Silverton Teams 3 and 5. With the top 4 teams for both the grand finals and the lower bracket decided, it was time to figure who were our champions of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

Both the grand finals and the lower bracket top 4 played a total of 6 races (3 races per student) with whoever scored the most points taking home the grand champion title. In the lower bracket, Keysborough Team 4 finished with the highest score of 62 points while as in the grand finals, Haileybury Team 1 finished with the highest score of 79 points. Silverton Team 2 were the runners-up in the grand finals with a total score of 67 points. We would like to congratulate Haileybury Team 1 on becoming the Silverton E-sports Mario Kart Grand Champions of 2022 and Keysborough Team 4 on becoming the Slverton E-Sports Mario Kart Lower Bracket Winners of 2022! Both students from Haileybury who won each got an MX Anywhere 3 Graphite mouse, a K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and a Logitech Studio Series Desk Mat! In addition, Haileybury also won itself a free registration to The FUSE Cup's 2023 FUSE Girl Gamer Competition! Our Silverton students who were runners-up in the grand finals also got a Logitech Studio Series Desk Mat each for their brilliant effort!

We would like to thank eSmart - The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Winc education, Logitech, The FUSE Cup and LeMans Entertainment once again for supporting our very first e-sports tournament! Please do check out the hyperlinks above to learn more about these amazing organisations and feel free to share the news about Silverton's e-sports tournament with other school communities as we plan to host more in the future and would love to get more schools involved!