Today’s article is going to be writing about some video gaming sessions that we held with the Green Party of England and Wales’ youth group. We managed to get together a large number of 12 to 18 year olds, both boys and girls, for a large gaming competition held in North London. The event overall was a huge success and enabled us to have some very positive talks with the group regarding on going environmental crises that are facing our generation and future generations. The topics covered were pollution, fracking, oil drilling and general misuse of the environment – We first got everybody to choose a selection of games that they would like to play on with a survey sent out two weeks prior to the event. Following the results we purchased a selection of PS4 and Xbox One consoles for the group, they would ultimately be the prizes for the tournament. A wide range of different video gaming titles were chosen for each of the different consoles and everybody appeared to be very happy with the choices made – we all made sure to get involved too.
The first tournament was FIFA 16 on the PS4, a total of 64 different players were involved in this first tournament – 49 boys and 15 girls. The tournament was a best of one elimination format, with the winner of each game passing through in to the successive round of the tournament. All in all this lasted for approximately 3 hours with the 4 different PS4 consoles that we had on site and Victor Bentor walked away with his PS4 as a prize. The second game was Counterstrike Global Offensive on the Xbox One, this is traditionally a PC based game and so it was difficult for the youths to actually get to grips with the controls using only a controller, however this didn’t stop them from having loads of fun on the popular title. This time there was over one hundred entries in our Camden offices and the teams were split using groups of 5. This enabled the different teams to practice their group and leadership skills. Unfortunately this event was not completed in the duration of the rest of the day, but we managed to get down to a list of 4 teams left for day number 2.
The following day everybody got back together after a good nights sleep and we saw the finals day play out, some excellent gaming fun was had and a few more talks were scheduled too. The finals would be played out in a best of three format, similar to what is seen in professional Counterstrike games today. These games went on for a total of 4 hours and Team Exit walked away with their prizes of an Xbox One console each. The event was so successful that by the end of it all, everybody was well up for more games late into the evening and we are already planning another event in the near future too.