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Curro eSports Hosts Epic Gaming Showdown at National LAN 2023

The gaming world was on the edge of its seats last week, as Curro eSports, a pioneer in providing competitive gaming opportunities for young learners, concluded its highly anticipated Curro Clash National LAN 2023.

Spanning two physical venues, Curro Durbanville in Cape Town and Curro Rivonia in Gauteng, as well as the limitless digital frontier, this event brought together the most passionate and skilled gamers from various schools across the country.  From Wednesday, 27 September to Saturday, 30 September 2023, the virtual stage played host to 293 players from 32 schools, who battled it out in a thrilling eSports extravaganza, supported by 50 dedicated coaches.

Over the course of three intense days, participants were organised into teams based on age and competed in several gaming titles such as Minecraft Build Battle, Minecraft PVP, Apex Legends, Overwatch 2, and Rocket League. The competition structure was designed to push players to their limits, with Round Robin stages leading to nail-biting knockout rounds.

Adding to the excitement, Curro eSports provided a front-row seat to the action by live-streaming the final matches on Twitch. Fans, families, and eSports enthusiasts from around the country had the opportunity to witness the incredible skills and sportsmanship displayed by these young gaming prodigies.

“The remarkable performance of the Group schools in the Curro Clash National LAN 2023 tournament is a testament to our dedication to providing a holistic education,” says Magdeleen de Kock, Digital Transformation Facilitator: eSports project lead.

“We observed remarkable teamwork, sportsmanship, and a genuine display of talent throughout the event. From thrilling matches to inspiring moments of collaboration, this tournament showcased that Curro eSports is not solely about gaming; it’s about nurturing our learners’ potential and connecting their passion with opportunities in the constantly evolving digital world. We congratulate all the participants for their outstanding efforts.”

The complete list of winners is included below:

Title Rank School Team
Minecraft Build Battles Open 1st  Cooper College No Circles
  2nd Herzlia High School Senior UHS Minecraft League
  3rd Curro Vanderbijlpark  The Eagles


Title Rank School Team
Minecraft Build Battles u/14 1st  Curro Mossel Bay Mossel Bay Sharks
  2nd Curro Durbanville Wolfpack Junior
  3rd Curro Krugersdorp Rhinos


Title Rank School Team
Minecraft PVP u/14 1st Curro Krugersdorp Rhinos
  2nd Curro Vanderbijlpark Team_War
  3rd Curro Rivonia Rivonia Raptors


Title Rank School Team
Minecraft PVP Open 1st Pinelands High School Pinelands High School
  2nd Cooper College Ender
  3rd Curro Krugersdorp Tshukudu


Title Rank School Team
Rocket League u/14 1st Curro Durbanville Primary School Wolfpack
  2nd Curro Krugersdorp Primary School Rhinos
  3rd Curro Brackenfell Primary School Curro Brackenfell Primary School


Title Rank School
Overwatch 2 u/14 1st  Curro Krugersdorp High School
  2nd Curro Aurora High School
  3rd Curro Brackenfell Primary School


Title Rank School
Overwatch 2 Open 1st Thomas More College 
  2nd Curro Krugersdorp High School
  3rd Curro Mossel Bay


Title Rank School
Apex Legends 1st Pinelands High School
  2nd Curro Vanderbijlpark High School
  3rd Curro Krugersdorp High School


Title Rank School
Rocket League Open 1st Grantleigh High School
  2nd Thomas More College High School
  3rd Thomas More College High School


Level Up: Putting Esports on the National Map

In an era where digital learning is paramount, Curro has spearheaded efforts to seamlessly integrate eSports into its extra-curricular programs, and as a result, Curro eSports is known for its commitment to crafting a vibrant eSports community within the realm of education, not only to their own schools but through tournaments like these amongst schools across the country. Thanks to their partnership with Acer for Education, the leading independent school group in South Africa, continues to provide a secure Esports platform, ensuring that learners can explore their passion for gaming while staying safe online.

Curro launched its inaugural Curro Clash LAN in March 2023, followed by a second instalment in June 2023. Building on the success of these events, Curro Clash National LAN 2023 marked the evolution of a modest LAN competition into a nationally acclaimed eSports spectacle.

Stay Tuned for 2024!

The Curro eSports team is already hard at work planning more thrilling events for 2024. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of the action and witness the growth of eSports in education.

Join us and make history in 2024!