Joburg high school builds R3 million eSports arena

Centennial Schools in Sunninghill has spent R3 million on building the largest eSports arena of its kind in Africa, reported the Mail and Guardian.

The state-of-the-art arena is 300m2 and runs on 1Gbps Fibre internet with a backup generator to stop load-shedding from ruining the fun.

This eSports lab also features the following:

  • 30 individual gaming stations.
  • Spectator stands within the eSports Arena as well as 70-inch TV screens to watch all the action.
  • A lounge area to relax and catch up on the latest pro tips.
  • Six Xbox sim racing stations.
  • Access to a café for refreshments and food.

“We partnered with Asus Republic of Gamers, to kit out the arena with the best gaming chairs, screens, and machines. We physically built sim racers with proper racing seats so that students get to play games like Formula 1 or Forza, and other titles like FIFA,” said a Centennial Schools spokesperson.

In addition to racing games, students have the facilities and support to play whichever popular titles they prefer, including League of Legends, Overwatch, CS: GO, Valorant, Rocket League, and Fortnite.

The school believes that there are very few differences between the benefits of eSports and traditional sports such as cricket or rugby.

“Team sports provide an arena for teaching important lessons and life skills beyond the classroom. The skills practised and honed as part of a team apply equally to any sport. eSports is no exception,” said the school’s spokesperson.

the school believes that being part of an eSports team fosters important skills, including strategic thinking, planning, working with others, social skills, and managing success and failure.

“Our aim at Centennial Schools is for eSports to be an integrated component of our larger wellness ecosystem”.

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