Gaming league will plug in for its 2nd season
An organized youth “Minecraft” video game league is returning for a second season this week in 68 cities across the country, including four in the Bay Area.
Super League Gaming, which began a trial run last summer, proved successful enough for the Santa Monica company behind it to continue this year with a four-week season.
The company wants to create a “little league of video games,” with children age 6 to 18 bringing laptops to movie theaters to play against each other on the big screen. And with the expanded league, they now compete against other gamers playing in theaters across the country.
“We want these kids coming back week after week much like their
peers do in other sports,” said Brett Morris, Super League president and chief operating officer.
Super League Gaming demonstrated the sport last summer and then conducted a six-week league in October, with competitors in 40 cities earning points playing “Minecraft.”
About 1,000 players competed, with Julien Wiltshire, a 10-year-old from Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles County) winning the league’s national championship and a $5,000 scholarship.
For its second season, the competition is shortened to four weeks, partly to account for spring breaks. Gamers play every week at the same time in their theaters, and they can see how their points stack up on a leaderboard listing top players from other venues.
The company plans to continue through the year with new leagues, with about a month break in between sessions. eventually include other video games, Morris said.
Players must register online ahead of the events at https://superleague. com. Leagues meet at 4:30 p.m. and begin Tuesday at the AMC Van Ness 14 in San Francisco, and Wednesday at the Century 20 Oakridge in San Jose, the Redwood Downtown 20 in Redwood City and the Century 20 in Daly City.
More than 50 children and parents take part in a game of “Minecraft” in a Redwood City movie theater in June, a demonstration for the first season of the league.
The moment gets a little stressful for Charlie Fore, 6, during a game of “Minecraft” in Redwood City.