Esports athletes duke it out in digital arena

It’s game day for Bellerose Composite athlete Jadyn Guay. He’s representing his school online in the fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, competing as the video-game superstar Sonic the Hedgehog.

“Okay, they’re going with Kirby [a cute, combative flying puffball], this is a good match,” Guay said, upon seeing his opponent’s choice.

After huddling with his teammates on how to counter Kirby’s aerial advantages, Guay and his opponent are soon battling it out on the wide-screen to win honour for their schools. Guay is one of the eight or so students on Bellerose’s new esports team, which launched last September.

Run out of a computer lab equipped with gaming chairs and consoles, the team sees students compete against youths from schools across North America for bragging rights and personal development.

More on Page 3 of the March 21, 2024 issue of the St. Albert Gazette.

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