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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo plans to host Mario Kart 8 esports tournaments in the UK for students aged 8-11

The competition is a collaboration between Nintendo UK, Outright Games, and Digital Schoolhouse.

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Nintendo UK has revealed that it will be collaborating with Outright Games, and Digital Schoolhouse to bring esports tournaments to primary schools in the UK. The Digital Schoolhouse junior esports tournament is designed for students aged 8-11 and its said to act as a "immersive careers experience."

This is, of course, designed to be educational as well as fun and it will enable young gamers to develop a greater understanding of subjects such as Computing, English, Maths, and DT. The games that are said to be featured within the tournaments are Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Race with Ryan and Crayola Scoot. Additionally, there will also be "plug-in" resources that teachers will be able to use here to enable the use of different games.

Shahneila Saeed, Programme Director of Digital Schoolhouse and Head of Education for Ukie, said: "We're really excited to bring esports into primary schools for the first time ever. It was important for us to pilot the junior tournament before bringing it to the masses, to ensure it retained the same educational integrity and meaningful careers insights that our older students benefited from in the senior tournament. We've seen first-hand the power of play in the classroom, and we can't wait for students to immerse themselves in the exhilarating world of esports!"

Any schools interested in taking part in the tournament can register here.

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