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Compete In Esports

Some video games require a high amount of skill and experience to play. These have developed into competitive sports with high profile competitions and big prize money. Although it can seem a little strange to think of a video game as a sport, the challenge, focus, training, instinct and skill required means that players at the top of these leagues and competitions have approach the pastime like athletes approach sporting prowess.

Image 165 Less obvious than the big prizes and high profile winners are the aspects of esports that can lead to a diverse set of skills suitable for a range of digital careers. Digital Schoolhouse, a not-for-profit programme delivered by the UK games industry trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment), has been using an annual e-sports schools tournaments to teach technology and digital skills.

Students aged 12-18 years participate as players or fulfil professional roles crafted by the video games industry, for educational purposes. They manage the event itself, photograph the action, organising production logistics, referee, commentate on live match streams, manage team community, logos and branding and even deal with most of the paperwork themselves.

Whether it’s the Digital Schoolhouse programme or something similar, finding a way to inspire and cheer on children towards a career in video games not only opens a door to their future, but creates a healthy understanding of the industry today.

Destruction AllStars

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Destruction AllStars is a futuristic combat-destruction sports game. You compete in teams in an arena battle. Players aim to destroy other players cars or fight hand to hand on foot.


Rocket League

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...


Gran Turismo (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...


Tetris (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Free.

Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.


FIFA (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...


Clash Royale

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game where you collect cards to gain units and powers for a player vs. player battle. It's like a simpler version of Clash of Clans.


Overwatch

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Overwatch is a shooting game but with the focus on teamwork and skill rather than violence. Along with games like Rocket League it has professional e-sports competitions where players compete for prizes.


Super Smash Bros. (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 23 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.


Fortnite

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Fortnite rose to popularity via its Battle Royale mode where 100 players fight against each other in online battles to the death. While they play, using shooting, evasion and building skills to survive, a storm is closing in to make the playable area...


League Of Legends

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 50 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

In League of Legends you battle enemies and other players in online arenas. You choose a champion with unique abilities and battle to destroy another human or computer-controlled team's base. Other modes vary the challenge with specific objectives,...


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 3 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Playunknown's Battlegrounds is a battle-royale shooting game where you take on 100 players. Like a more realistic version of Fortnite, you collect supplies and out strategise your opponents to become the last person standing.


Apex Legends

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 20 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.


Call of Duty Modern Warfare (Series)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Call of Duty and Modern Warfare are games that recreate the adrenaline of being in a warzone. The games have walked the line between glamorising this kind of heroic violence and recreating the horror of the experience. Either way, these are games...