The Bishop Kenny E-Sports Team was invited to compete in the High School E-Sports League showcase tournament at the DreamHack Atlanta convention. Taking place in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, the convention attracted game enthusiasts from all over the Southeast. Bishop Kenny’s E-Sports team was one of only four high school teams chosen for this showcase, in which they played the popular video game Super Smash Brothers.
Five students participated in this trip - senior Sergio Saab, juniors Luke Gould, Christian Flores, and Jericho Palomo, and sophomore Augie Gould. The boys spent the week before the convention practicing their game strategy and identifying which characters to play as. After each practice session, the players debriefed each other, trying to identify strengths of weaknesses of their gaming styles.
Chaperoned by Mr. Nick Tillem and Mr. Thomas Clark, the students traveled to Atlanta on Saturday morning, attended the convention on Saturday afternoon, and competed on Sunday. During the trip, the team also had the chance to attend Sunday Mass at the historic Basilica of the Sacred Heart in downtown Atlanta.
Unfortunately, the competitors from Oviedo High School in the tournament’s first round proved formidable, and the BK team did not bring back any trophies. Despite this, the players were grateful to have the opportunity to compete in front of a large audience (in addition to the live audience, their match was also live-streamed online). The trip bolstered the reputation of the Bishop Kenny E-Sports team, and provided the participants with a unique opportunity to attend a major gaming convention.