CHCA’s Upper School grades 7–8 eSports team snagged their second state championship title this year in Minecraft Bed Wars.
“We play in the largest eSports league in Ohio, and the fact that we are as dominant as we are is a real testament to the amount of time the students put in both in practice and at home,” says Kara Ussery, Director of Upper School Counseling. “It is far more than ‘just’ playing video games.”
As part of the $300 million Minecraft franchise, now considered one of the best-selling video games of all time, Minecraft Bed Wars carries the same signature pixelation and retro feel as its predecessor with some unique challenges that make it an ideal world for young gamers. Its battlefield is an island, where players must defend their digital beds against attackers.
For the Esports Ohio State Championship, CHCA students worked in a team of four and competed against premier players across the state. “The biggest challenge was definitely fighting East Canton,” says CHCA eSports player JT Sorenson, “because their team is almost as good as ours, and one of their players is better than our best players. Playing a player who was better than me was definitely the most exciting part of the competition.”
While securing bragging rights is a perk of the game, it’s the skills honed and lessons learned outside of the digital realm that have earned eSports recognition as a viable platform for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. And academic institutions—from middle schools to universities—around the world are taking note, assimilating eSports into their co-curricular programming, even awarding scholarships for top players to join competitive teams.
This broader view of eSports as a catalyst for intellectual and social growth is what inspired Principal Steve Sideris to initiate the Founders’ campus team. “I envisioned our school thriving in an arena built for critical thinkers and problem-solvers,” he says. “We have a large composition of our student body seemingly tailor-made for dominance in this field. It also aligned with our vision for increased student engagement and creativity.”
A sanctuary for technologically savvy students, eSports at CHCA has become an inclusive space for students of all gaming backgrounds to find their place. Its success at Founders’ campus has led to the creation of a high school team at MSL, which will begin its first season in the spring. This growth embodies CHCA’s commitment to creating spaces where all students can thrive.
“My fervor lies in providing opportunities to ensure that every student feels essential and recognizes the value they bring to our school,” Sideris says.
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The grades 7–8 eSports team snagged their second state championship title in Minecraft Bed Wars this fall. Competing in Ohio’s largest eSports league, Esports Ohio, the team employed strategy and teamwork to emerge victorious.
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