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Nintendo Enters the School Space in the UK with Digital Schoolhouse

September 6, 2019 Justin Banusing

Video games, once thought of as just a past time, are gradually entering the classroom.

Digital Schoolhouse, a United Kingdom-based initiative that leverages video games for education, announced yesterday that Nintendo UK would be its lead partner.

Nintendo will be a centerpiece of the government-backed program created by national game industry body UKIE, which “uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of pupils and teachers with the Computing curriculum.” In short, Digital Playground promotes computational thinking and creativity through video games.

One of the highlights of this partnership will be the  ‘Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle’, a national campus Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament projected to reach over 60 schools and 6000 students across the country.

The tournament, which was first tested tested as concept in 2017, aims to promote “both practical and soft skills with participation in professional esports roles, crafted by the video games industry for education.”

“Nintendo UK is extremely excited to be working together with Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse as lead partner,” said Kalpesh Tailor, Head of Communications at Nintendo UK. “The Digital Schoolhouse programme uniquely combines computing, fun, creativity and innovation, all of which are synonymous and at the heart of Nintendo’s values.”

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