Edinburgh College takes inaugural Scottish Esports title

Edinburgh College beat off stiff competition from Colleges across Scotland to win the inaugural Esports Scottish College Cup at the weekend.

The College beat Forth Valley College in the final of the competition which was organised by College Development Network (CDN) and the British Esports Association, who teamed up with Rocket Kingdom TV to bring the annual Esports college competition to Scotland for the very first time.

The College team was made up of HND Computer Game Development student Mark Exton (aka Markydooda), and NC Computer Games: Software Development students Kai Barson (aka Juniorwelder), Jack Lawrence, and Jack Hunter (aka iGShAdoWx).

The other participating Colleges were: Ayrshire College; Dundee and Angus College; Fife College; Forth Valley College; Glasgow Clyde College; Inverness College UHI; and West College Scotland.

Jack Lawrence said: “My teammates and I are thrilled to have won the cup. We all put in a lot of work and practice to be able to be contenders and having that pay off in the final was a great feeling. It was a great effort from everyone.

“Competing in the tournament was a great experience from playing the seeding games which gave us our bracket on Sunday all the way through to getting into the final. A few easier games earlier in the day on Sunday led us up to our main competitor Forth Valley. Luckily, we had a game plan to execute which played out in our favour and we won the tournament.”

Edinburgh College Computing lecturer Nick Bell said: “We were lucky to have Mark on the team, who is a veteran Rocket League player and a great coach, but I was especially proud of Kai and both Jacks. They put a lot of effort into their communication and teamwork, and into developing their strategies. The tournament as a whole had some really impressive teams in it, both experienced and new, and we’re looking forward to more competitions in future, as well as a bit of good-natured rivalry. Forth Valley have got their eye on us!”