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New team . . . After battling it out for top places the Gore Fortnite E-Sports team has been put together. (Back left) Cor ban Shearer (14) and Jack Newport (13). (Front left) Freedom Elers-Lavery (9) and Lucas Troubetchkov (11). PHOTO: SUPPLIED BY JAMES WARDS

With the increasing popularity of e-sports across the world, Gore has now created its first e-sports team.

Head of New Zealand E-Sports Federation for Southland and Your Corps organisation founder James Wards held an event to find the best Fortnite players in the region on Saturday.

The event, held at the James Cumming Wing, involved about 35 players competing to make the e-sports team.

In the end, Corban Shearer, Jack Newport, Freedom Elers-Lavery and Lucas Troubetchkov came out on top to make the team.

“Those four throttled the competition,” Wards said.

He was amazed by the number of people who attended the competition.

“I really enjoyed it but I’ve only got 20 computers, so they were all taking turns playing games, but I’m really happy with how it went.”

E-sports, or electronic sports, is competitive gaming at the professional level, where gamers compete at tournaments, he said.

Fortnite is an extremely popular game with all the kids these days.

“In fact a tournament was recently held in the United States which the winner walked away with $3million,” he said.

The reason behind creating the team was to provide children in Gore with the opportunity to compete.

kids something positive and constructive to do with their time and [gets them] meeting new people,” he said.

He planned to create teams from other places, including Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill.

The same competition would be held in Balclutha this weekend.

“Once we’ve got the teams established we want to have a big event, tournament, at a movie theatre or something for everyone to compete against each other and have fun.

“However, before any regional competitions take place we need support from the community,” Wards said.

The team needed more support on its social media site to receive the tools to host larger competitions.

He encouraged people interested in seeing e-sports grow in the South Island to follow the team.