High School Esports x Local Municipality (2022)
Yokosuka e-Sports Cup
On September 3rd, the 3rd tournament final tournament of the high school student tournament “Yokosuka e-Sports Cup” hosted by Yokosuka City was held online. The target title is the tactical shooting game “VALORANT”. Anyone who is a high school student can participate, and the team is not tied to the same high school, so it is an event that you can easily participate in. The qualifying tournament was held on August 20th, and the winning teams from the four groups advanced to the final tournament.
``Chiki Chiki Bang Bang’’ from Group A, ``Tanatana Division’’ from Group B, ``Asunan Pasaran’’ from Group C, and ``ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY’’ from Group D earned the right to participate in the final tournament. I was. The winning team of each block was asked to create a team logo by the management, and that logo was seen for the first time in the final tournament. By the way, ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY already has a professional team logo, so we are using it. This logo can be used not only for this tournament but also for future activities as a team.
The final tournament will consist of BO1 semi-finals and BO3 finals. The matchup for the final tournament is Chikichiki Bang Bang vs. Asunan Pasaran in the first match, and Tanatana Division vs. ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY in the second match.
Mr. Taiga Kishi will be in charge of the final tournament commentary, and Mr. yue will be the commentary. The two of them, who also provide live commentary at official VALORANT tournaments, will be in charge of the live commentary for the Yokosuka e-Sports Cup. .
“Icebox” is the map for the first match between Chiki Chiki Bang Bang vs. Asunan Pasaran. The attacking side is chiki chiki bang bang, and the defense side is asunanpasara and the match starts. In the early stages, the wins and losses continued to be even, but after the middle stage, the difference gradually widened, and after switching offense and defense, Asunanpasaran continued to win, and in the end, Asunanpasaran won 13–6. I got it.
The second match was a match between Tanatana Division and ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY. Select “Fracture” for the map. Start as the attacking side of the Tanata Division and the defending side of the ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY. There is only a professional team, especially the academy team of ZETA DIVISION, which is currently one of the top teams in Japan, and their ability is outstanding among the participants. ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY advanced to the finals with a perfect game of 0–13 without losing a single match to Tanata Na Division.
“The final will be BO3.” The map for the first game is BIND. The attack side started with ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY, and the defense side started with Asunan Pasara. ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY, which dominated from the beginning, fell behind 2–8, but rebounded to 4–8 and switched offense and defense. Asunanpasaran, who was on the attacking side, attacked all at once, and before I knew it, it was even 8–8. However, the onslaught ends here. In the end, ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY won 9–13.
“The second map is Haven.” The attack side starts with ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY, and the defense side starts with Asunan Pasara. After defending the first game, he won six straight games. Even though they have regained two wins from there, Asunanpasaran’s rebellion is so far. After that, ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY continued to win and won by a large margin of 13–2. ZETA DIVISION ACADEMY, which had a good reputation, demonstrated its strength and won the championship without losing.
When it comes to events for high school students, many of them are tied to the same high school, but the Yokosuka e-Sports Cup does not have such restrictions, and it is possible to participate with friends who always play. As a result, the participation of professional academy teams was also possible, and the results were as follows. Since there are no restrictions, it is easy to organize the strongest team, so it can be said that it is a system that will develop a higher level match.
Of course, participating in the same high school can also be a club activity that starts with gathering members, so it’s not a matter of which one is better, and the variety of competitions allows more people to participate. You can say that. In terms of soccer, it feels like high school soccer and club youth, but in the case of esports, you can say that the advantage is that you can participate in both.
Yokosuka is a city that is actively involved in e-sports, working with NTT East and NTTe-Sports to open ICT facilities and support high school e-sports clubs. The Yokosuka eSports Cup is still not well known, but depending on future activities, it may become something like STAGE:0 or the National High School eSports Championship. I would like to continue the tournament in the future, and if possible, I would like to expect the next tournament to be held offline and with an audience.