Macleans shines in esports challenge

Macleans Rocket League team: Levon Lakmana Arachchige (C), Oshan Premkumar and James White. Photo supplied

Avid Macleans College video gamers are shooting up in the ranks.

The school’s esports programme had teams in all four national finals at New Zealand’s premier high school esports competition.

“An incredible feat amidst extensive nationwide competition,” Andrew Cardy, teacher in charge of the Esports programme at Macleans College says.

The National High School Esports tournament involved 1500 students and 200 teams from around 100 schools across NZ.

It was directed by local esports organisations The Shadownet and Victory Up.

They were originally to compete on August 21, with the finals taking place in-person at the Media Design School. Due to Covid-19, it all went ahead online.

Macleans’ Rocket League Premiere 1 team won one national title. The school’s overall performance in all four esports secured them a second place nationally in the competition.

The Rocket League team has since progressed in the Oceanic tournament, representing secondary schools in NZ.

Additionally they have reached the finals of this tournament, winning against Yarra Valley Grammar (VIC) 3-2 and “coming out ahead of all secondary schools in Australia,” Cardy says.

The Oceanic finals have been confirmed for 4pm on Sunday with the game broadcasted here.

They will be playing against Caringbah High School (NSW).

The Shadownet spokeswoman Prony Sykes told a Kiwi news outlet the company’s main goal is to create a pathway and set a good foundation for Kiwis in gaming.

“We believe that esports and techno sports is the future and that is it a viable career path for our many Kiwis.”