May 24, 2024

The South African independent school network, Curro, has partnered with Acer for Education to launch its very own esports platform in the country.

The platform is set to give the 1,900 learners in Curro’s esports programme an extra layer of cyber security and to ensure their safety during tournaments.

It is also set up to allow teams to view their rankings, but it also allows coaches to manage players, coordinate tournaments, and allow communication between players as well as between players and coaches.

Angela Schaerer, Digital Transformation Manager at Curro Holdings, spoke about the new platform, revealing her amazement at how quickly their esports programme, which launched back in 2020, has grown. “We are amazed at how quickly our esports programme has taken off.”

“Our parents now understand that esports is not just about playing video games as an extracurricular activity, but in fact, provides an entire world of opportunity for our learners, as an integrated part of our curriculum.”

Schaerer also stated that the new platform will allow the school to take their esports programme to a whole new level of learning and upskill their learners and staff even more.

“For example, they can now shout cast (MC) games on the platform which is an extremely exciting opportunity, and we are already working closely with Acer to introduce a shout casting mentorship programme soon.” The Digital Transformation Manager at Curro Holdings said

“We are planning to host our inter-Curro Cup tournament later this year, to determine the best esports school in the group.”

Curro says it has been forging ahead with its esports programme after witnessing the popularity of virtual sports during the COVID-19 lockdown when traditional sports were prohibited.

Since then, the independent education provider has quickly fostered a name for itself in the global esports community, having claimed victory in an International Minecraft match against a school in California in June 2021.