Team com­pete in eS­ports fi­nal

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A GROUP of Wil­let­ton Se­nior High School stu­dents have proved video games are not a waste of time, by rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at an eS­ports tour­na­ment.

The school’s eS­ports team trav­elled to Syd­ney to play New Zealand’s Ran­gi­toto Col­lege in the Oceanic Pro League’s High School League of Leg­ends AU and NZ Cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

While Wil­let­ton stu­dents at the pop­u­lar League of Leg­ends game were un­able to claim the ti­tle, and lost the best-of­five se­ries 3-0, the school’s head of eS­port Jayson Big­noux said the team did not dis­grace them­selves.

Mr Big­noux said com­pet­i­tive com­puter games like League of Leg­ends could have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on teenagers, de­spite some par­ents see­ing them as neg­a­tives.

“The ben­e­fit of eS­ports is to show this can be com­pet­i­tive and that al­lows peo­ple to see what they’re do­ing is com­pet­i­tive, there is strat­egy, they’re mak­ing friends and learn­ing dis­ci­pline and team­work,” he said.

“It’s not just be­ing ad­dicted and play­ing hours and hours on end, you are learn­ing about lead­er­ship, self­less­ness and you’re not just play­ing for your­self, you are rep­re­sent­ing your school, your team and in this case, Aus­tralia.

“In terms of the game skill, there’s quick think­ing, dex­ter­ity, but the team build­ing is def­i­nitely trans­fer­able.”

Wil­let­ton Se­nior High School’s eS­port team rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in the High School League of Leg­ends AU and NZ Cham­pi­onship.

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