Esports team are crowned national champions

A team of ambitious gaming students from Morley College’s Chelsea Centre have been crowned national champions at the National Skills Council 2022 Final.

Morley’s team faced competition from 100 national colleges at the event, which was held at the Stafford University London campus in east London.

Finalists had to create fun and engaging solutions to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel made up of representatives from Stafford University, Thorpe Park, and the Inspirational Learning Group.

They had to create an idea for a brand-new open world game, which had a clear link to the Thorpe Park resort and would keep visitors entertained as they waited in the queue. Their game also had to include three non-playable characters, artificial intelligence, and crypto currency.

Judges also marked how well the students had shown how their game not only entertained, but also encouraged more visitors to Thorpe Park.

Celebrating their victory, Matias Shortcook, Centre Principal Chelsea said:

“We are absolutely delighted to see our students crowned national champions. They produced a fantastic presentation to create an idea that would stand out from the crowd.

E sports is a popular course at our Chelsea centre and our students’ success reflects the high quality of our training here.”

Judges awarded the title to Morley after they impressed the panel on how well they had worked together as a team, delivered a clear articulation of how their game met the client’s needs and supported this with a high-quality storyboard to express their concept visually.

Alongside the trophy, the winning team members received fast-track tickets to Thorpe Park.