School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 16 April 2014
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A soccer-focussed face off between Fairbairn College and Fairmont High School in Cape Town kicked off the first interschools e-sports challenge in the city. At stake: bragging rights and, ultimately, possibly school colours.

School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

On Monday afternoon MWEB GameZone's MCave hosted the first Western Cape interschools e-sports challenge: Fairbairn College versus Fairmont High School playing FIFA 14 on the Xbox 360. The event was organised by Clint O'Shea from Zombiegamer, who recently ran successful e-sports events at each school - FIFA 14 at Fairbairn and Call Of Duty: Ghosts at Fairmont.

Fairbairn College, which is in Goodwood just around the corner from the MCave, sent a team comprising Niklas, Nathan, Deogracious, and Yasheen, escorted by Carmel Schroeder, an English teacher who has been flung into the world of gaming after being involved in the organisation of the FIFA 14 challenge a few weeks ago. In that tournament Niklas and Nathan won the team event and Deogracious won the single-player event, with Yashen placing second, so it was clear the school was fielding a very strong team for this tournament. Niklas and Yashen both also took part in the FIFA 14 tournament at Trenchtown in March, where they competed against some of Cape Town's best senior players, which was valuable experience.

School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

Fairmont High School, which is in Durbanville, sent a team comprising Devon, Daniel, Asamkile, and Keegan, who substituted for Nathi as he was yanked out of the team by a school coach at the last minute and made to go and play real sport on a field (the horror!). The four original team members earned the top four placings in a FIFA 14 tournament that Zombiegamer ran at Fairmont at the end of last year, which was the first school e-sports experiment and one of the reasons we now have an interschools event. The Fairmont team was escorted by Elize Crouse, the school's Computer Applications Technology teacher who started Fairmont's gaming society earlier this year.

The tournament was in the format of a round robin - each player from one school faced each player from the other school - and the scores were then tabulated based on the results: three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. There was also going to be a 2v2 doubles event afterwards but the tournament ran out of time, as it was only a two-hour session, so Clint decided to stop after the round robin.

School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

The event was - I'm not going to lie - a bit of a slaughter, if you can say that about soccer rather than a first-person shooter. Fairbairn has some very skilled FIFA 14 gamers - Niklas in particular - and it proved to be the stronger team, with the players winning most of their matches, as you can see in the results table below. Fairbairn College won convincingly with 34 points to Fairmont High School's 10 after all the matches had been completed.

School E-Sports: Fairbairn College Versus Fairmont High School FIFA 14 Tournament

Having said that, however, Fairmont has some very talented Call Of Duty: Ghosts players so the outcome may have been very different based solely on the choice of game. Hopefully we'll see a Call Of Duty: Ghosts matchup between the two schools soon, and the start of a beautiful friendly rivalry.

You can see more photos from the day in Zombiegamer's Facebook album.

Tags: #cape_town, #games

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