Ballajura Community College students test out games at new hub The Growth Box in Malaga


Jason Do and Domenic Filardi. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Jason Do and Domenic Filardi. Picture: Bruce Hunt

SPENDING a day out of school gaming was about more than just end-of-year fun for some lucky Ballajura Community College students.

The group of Year 10, 11 and 12 students spent Thursday competing against each other at games such as League of Legends and Counter Strike.

All of the action took place inside The Growth Box in Malaga, which is the new headquarters of Malaga and Districts Business Association and has the fast broadband and server technology to comfortably host gaming tournaments.

Malaga and Districts Business Association chief executive Clive Haddow said Thursday’s event was a pilot that would lead to multi-school tournaments in 2018 – which was as much about future job opportunities as it was fun.

“Whether its graphic design, game design, binary coding there are a lot of jobs,” he said.

“It’s also about life skills and teamwork. When they are doing something like gaming that they really want to do they really co-operate.

“Gaming is very important and we are going to be doing a full northern suburbs gaming experience next year.”

He said the day showed future jobseekers how the association might be able to link them to pathways and courses.

For example, some students have used the facility to record YouTube video job interviews that have already led to employment.

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