Five John Adams High School students brought home a trophy and $60,000 in scholarships recently after winning Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis’ second annual League of Legends High School Invitational. The group competed in live tournament play against five other schools from Indiana and Illinois Oct. 19 and 20. The “League of Legends” esports teams consisted of five players who control unique champions, each with their own design and abilities, according to a news release.
Team members work together to take down the opposing team’s base. John Adams High School’s esports team — Ray Calhoun, Calvin Dang, Dan Nguyen, Manas Khadka and Jason James — have been playing the popular game together since middle school. “It was just something we would do for fun at home really,” Khadka said. “Then there was a competition that was local and we applied, just thinking it’ll be fun — just another experience for us to work as a team. And we were pretty good I guess.” The group was more than “pretty good.” South Bend’s John Adams team won first place, defeating Avon High School (second place winner) and Carmel High School (third place winner). In addition to receiving a flashy trophy, each team member won $12,000 to attend IUPUI.
“We were surprised and so proud of the students,” Principal Jim Seitz said, adding that John Adams High School is one of the only schools in the district with an esports team. “Their success is nothing we did. The kids found a staff sponsor, applied, competed and ultimately won it all. It’s amazing.” The tournament, organized by IUPUI’s student group Gamers Hall, consisted of multiple rounds, with each game lasting roughly 30 to 45 minutes. The matches were streamed online on Twitch. “(‘League of Legends’) is a team-oriented game. What matters the […]
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