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Latrobe Esports Cup 2024: Fostering a Community of Learning and Excellence in Gaming

By Events, High School Cup, News

The Australian Esports League (AEL) is thrilled to announce the inaugural Latrobe Esports Cup, supported by Visit Latrobe City. Set to take place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 of August 2024, at Traralgon Town Hall in the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, this event is not just a competition; it’s a groundbreaking initiative in the world of esports, focusing on mentorship and skill development among high school students.

“We at the Australian Esports League are immensely proud to introduce the first-ever Latrobe Esports Cup. This event marks a significant step forward by emphasizing not just competition, but education and mentorship in esports. Our vision is to create an inclusive community in Latrobe for gamers and fans of esports to share their expertise with those at the start of their gaming journey. This initiative reflects our commitment to nurturing the next generation of esports talent, fostering a sense of community, and promoting values like teamwork, inclusivity, and strategic thinking. We believe that by bringing together players of all skill levels, we can unlock the full potential of esports as a platform for learning, growth, and enjoyment.” – Darren Kwan, Director, Australian Esports League

The AEL is proudly sponsored by AGON by AOC, the gaming monitor partner, and Indomie Australia, the noodle partner.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August 2024
  • Location: Traralgon Town Hall, Latrobe Performing Arts Centre
  • Registration and Details:

Bridging the Gap Between Novice and Expert Gamers

The 2024 Latrobe Esports Cup is more than just a tournament; it’s a platform for learning and growth. Experienced gamers will have the opportunity to mentor their less experienced peers, sharing strategies, techniques, and insights into competitive gaming. This mentorship aspect is designed to bridge the gap between novice and expert players, fostering an environment where all participants can enhance their skills and knowledge of esports.

Inclusive Gaming Experience for All Skill Levels

The event features a Schools competition on Friday and open tournaments on Saturday. The open tournament is inclusive for all skill levels and available to ages 13+ featuring a diverse lineup of games including Street Fighter 6, Halo: Infinite 2 v 2, FC24 and community events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8. With a $1,000+ prize pool and competitions catering to various skill levels, the event promises an inclusive and dynamic gaming experience for all participants.

School Esports Day

A key highlight of the Latrobe Esports Cup, School Esports Day promises an engaging and educational experience for young gamers. This day is dedicated to fostering talent and enthusiasm in the esports realm, featuring exciting events like the Minecraft Build Challenge and the Just Dance competition. These activities are designed not only for entertainment but also for honing strategic thinking and creative skills. In a unique initiative to boost gaming proficiency, the Australian Esports League will also run Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament where students can hone their skills. This is a golden opportunity for students to learn together, enhancing their gameplay, understanding of competitive strategies, and overall esports acumen.

The AEL will also host a careers talk for students who are interested in the gaming and esports industry. The School Esports Day is set to be a cornerstone of the event, emphasizing skill development, mentorship, and the joy of gaming whilst bringing students together through esports.

Supported by Visit Latrobe City

Proudly supported by Visit Latrobe City, the event aims to spur the growth of esports in the region by promoting participation across all skill levels. This initiative aligns with  Latrobe City Council’s commitment to fostering a sense of community and supporting educational endeavours through innovative platforms like esports.

Mayor of Latrobe City Council, Councillor Darren Howe expressed excitement for the new partnership with the Australian Esports League and believes hosting this event for the first time will result in rewarding benefits for the Latrobe City region.

“This partnership highlights Council’s commitment to bring a diverse range of sporting and educational events to our region that will enhance social connection in the community and boost the economy through increased visitation.”

“Our Visit Latrobe City brand welcomes visitors to Latrobe City and showcases all that the region has to offer, while supporting food and entertainment venues to street-trade during the quieter, winter period, making the timing of this event ideal for local businesses.”

“The Esports Cup brings a fresh and unique spin on our usual events and showcases that we have the facilities to cater for a wide variety of competitions. It opens the door to new opportunities that will support our economic transformation and continue to grow our city’s innovation culture. I hope the event encourages people to try something new and be inspired by the endless possibilities in recreational activity and technology as we adapt to emerging trends,” said the Mayor.

Contact Information:

Reach out to the Australian Esports League via [email protected] or regarding the schools day [email protected]

About Latrobe City

Latrobe City is a vibrant community located in the heart of Gippsland, Victoria. Home to over 73,000 residents, Latrobe City is known for its rich cultural diversity, strong community spirit, and thriving economy. The city offers a blend of urban and rural living, with scenic landscapes, modern amenities, and a range of recreational activities. Latrobe City is committed to supporting innovation and education, making it an ideal location for hosting the inaugural Latrobe Esports Cup.

About Australian Esports League

Established in 2013, the Australian Esports League (AEL) is a brand owned and operated by Critical Hit Entertainment Pty Ltd, a media and entertainment company focused on video game and esports events in Australia. The AEL is one of Australia’s leading esports promoters covering multiple facets of the esports ecosystem, including Universities, High Schools, Local Clubs, and councils, plus a range of large-scale esports events. The Australian Esports League has brought the best of the industry together with over 30 years of combined experience in the Australian esports industry. The AEL mission is to deliver world-class events that contribute to a healthy esports ecosystem, improving the experience for players and key stakeholders.

Australian Esports League to Host Gaming Zone at Science Alive Event

By Events, High School Cup, News, Primary School Cup

The Australian Esports League (AEL) is excited to announce our upcoming participation in the Science Alive event, where we will host an engaging gaming zone featuring a variety of esports tournaments presented by Inspiring SA. This event will span from August 2nd to 4th, 2024, and includes special activities tailored for schools and the general public.

Attendees will be able to enjoy participating in a variety of games open for all skill levels, some down time in the free to play gaming zone or spectate tournaments shown on the esports stage.

“We are thrilled to bring the Australian Esports League to Science Alive this year. Our goal is to provide a platform where students and gamers can come together, learn, and showcase their skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. By participating in these tournaments, we hope to inspire the next generation of esports enthusiasts and highlight the educational benefits of gaming. It’s not just about competition; it’s about community, learning, and having fun.” – Darren Kwan, Director, Australian Esports League.

You can find out about all the tournaments we are hosting at  

STEM Day Out – August 2nd:

Our schools-focused day, part of STEM Day Out, will run from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM and feature three thrilling tournaments:

  • Minecraft Capture the Flag: 8 teams will compete in strategic battles.
  • Minecraft Build Challenge: 20 teams will showcase their creativity and building skills.
  • Just Dance: Up to 64 students can participate and show off their dance moves.

Winning students will receive medals, and pre-registration is required for all STEM Day Out tournaments.

STEM Day Out is more than just a gaming event; it’s an enriching experience that highlights the vast career opportunities within the esports and gaming industry. Students will gain insights into potential career paths in game design, programming, digital arts, and esports management. The educational benefits of participating in these tournaments are immense, as they foster critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Moreover, this event cultivates a strong sense of community, bringing together like-minded individuals who share a passion for gaming and learning. By engaging in these activities, students will not only enhance their technical and creative abilities but also build valuable connections and friendships that can support their future endeavours in STEM fields.

Open Tournaments – August 3rd and 4th:

The weekend will be packed with exciting open tournaments for everyone to join:

  • Street Fighter 6: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day
  • Overcooked 2: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM each day
  • NBA 2K: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM each day
  • FC 24: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM each day
  • Mario Kart: Separate competitions from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM each day

Spots are limited, so players are advised to arrive 30 minutes before the start time to check in and sign up. No pre-registrations are allowed for open tournaments.

Event Details:

  • Dates: August 2nd (Schools-focused STEM Day Out), August 3rd-4th (Open Tournaments)
  • Location: Adelaide Showgrounds
  • Presented by: Inspiring SA

This event is a fantastic opportunity for students and gamers to connect, compete, and celebrate their passion for gaming. Join us at Science Alive for a memorable experience filled with fun, competition, and community spirit.

For more information and to register for the STEM Day Out tournaments, please visit our website at

Contact Information: For general inquiries, contact the Australian Esports League at [email protected]. For school-specific inquiries, reach out to [email protected].

About the Australian Esports League:

Established in 2013, the Australian Esports League (AEL) is a leading esports promoter in Australia, delivering world-class events across universities, high schools, local clubs, councils, and large-scale esports events. Our mission is to contribute to a healthy esports ecosystem, enhancing the experience for players and key stakeholders.

About Science Alive: Science Alive is an annual event that celebrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with interactive exhibits, shows, and activities designed to engage and inspire people of all ages. Join us at Science Alive for a weekend of gaming excellence and be part of the growing esports community in Australia! Learn about the full festival at:

Celebrating Creativity and Collaboration: Winners of the 2024 AEL Minecraft Competition Series 1

By High School Cup, Minecraft, News, Primary School Cup

We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of the first series of the 2024 AEL Minecraft Competition! This exciting event saw over 200 submissions from students across Australia, showcasing their creativity, teamwork, and innovative thinking.

The competition featured three categories: Years 4-6 Neighbourhood Heroes, Years 7-9 Mathematical Marvels, and Years 10-12 Literary Landscapes. Each category highlighted the incredible talents of our young builders, who crafted detailed and imaginative Minecraft worlds.

Winners for Years 4-6 Neighbourhood Heroes:

  1. 1st place: Team Mapwee from Lauriston Girls’ School
  2. 2nd place: Team CSPS O&L from Charlestown South Public School
  3. 3rd place: Team Penguin from Sheldon College

Winners for Years 7-9 Mathematical Marvels:

  1. 1st place: Team Year 9 OLSH Kensington from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Kensington
  2. 2nd place: Team One from St Johns College
  3. 3rd place: Team Three from St Johns College and 3d Terraria from the Knox School

Winners for Years 10-12 Literary Landscapes:

  1. 1st place: Team Cube 2 from Kardinia International College
  2. 2nd place: The Creepers from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Kensington
  3. 3rd place: Claver Crafters Senior from St Peter Claver College

Competition Categories

In the Years 4-6 Neighbourhood Heroes category, students designed Minecraft builds that celebrated everyday community heroes like doctors, teachers, and public servants. The Years 7-9 Mathematical Marvels category challenged students to create intricate structures that incorporated mathematical principles and concepts. For the Years 10-12 Literary Landscapes category, students brought literary worlds to life, crafting detailed environments inspired by their favourite books and stories.

Each winning team will receive a custom-made trophy from Hench & Scrap, a testament to their hard work and creativity. These remarkable creations will also be showcased on our winners page, featuring images from each submission.

About Hench & Scrap

Hench & Scrap is a renowned crafting and fabrication team known for creating incredible bespoke cosplay, props, trophies and more with a dedication to detail and worldbuilding for the games industry. Their expertise lies in transforming raw materials into stunning works of art, making them the perfect partner for awarding our talented competition winners. The custom trophies they have created are unique symbols of achievement and creativity, reflecting the hard work and dedication of each winning team.

Thank You

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the students, parents, and teachers who participated and supported this competition over the ten-week period. Your enthusiasm and dedication have made this event a resounding success. We look forward to welcoming everyone’s returning enthusiasm for Series 2, starting later this year. Stay tuned for more exciting challenges and opportunities to showcase your incredible talents!

For more details and to view the winning submissions, visit the winner’s page:

Congratulations to all our winners and participants!

Experience the Thrill of Gaming with the Australian Esports League at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne!

By Events, News

This year, the Australian Esports League is excited to bring an exhilarating gaming experience to Oz Comic-Con Melbourne, taking place on June 8th and 9th at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Gamers and pop culture fans alike are in for two action-packed days of competition and fun.

Epic Tournament Schedule:

  • Street Fighter VI: Kick off your morning with intense battles in our Street Fighter VI tournament. Starting at 11:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, witness top players showcase their skills in thrilling matches.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: At 2:00 PM on both days, the race is on! Join us for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament. Whether you’re racing or cheering from the sidelines, the excitement is guaranteed.

Dive into the Gaming Zone:

Our dedicated gaming zone, detailed here, features free play areas alongside the competitive tournaments. It’s a perfect spot for casual gamers and competitors to enjoy their favorite games in a vibrant atmosphere.

Additionally you’ll be able to try out the high end gaming monitors produced by our partner AGON by AOC and also pick up some Indomie Mi Goreng noodles thanks to our partner Indomie Australia!

Our team are also hosting a learn to play Magic: the Gathering zone where all attendees can learn to how to play MTG and receive a free booster pack from our friendly teaching team.

Meet the Guests:

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne hosts an impressive array of guests from the worlds of film, TV, comics, and more. For a full list of who’s attending, check out the guest list here. Whether you’re looking to get an autograph, snap a selfie, or attend a panel, there’s no shortage of opportunities to meet your favorite celebrities.

More Than Just Gaming:

Oz Comic-Con isn’t just about gaming. Explore artist alley, participate in the cosplay competitions, or attend one of the many workshops available throughout the weekend. With something for everyone, Oz Comic-Con Melbourne promises to be an unforgettable event.

For everyone attending in cosplay, drop by our zone and our photographer will grab a photo of you which you’ll find after the show on our Facebook page!

Join us at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne to celebrate all things gaming and pop culture. Whether you’re competing in the tournaments or just there to soak in the atmosphere, it’s going to be an incredible weekend!

Join the Australian Esports League at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide!

By Events

This June 1st and 2nd, the Australian Esports League is thrilled to bring you non-stop gaming action at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide, held at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to the scene, we’ve got something for everyone.

What’s On?

  • Gaming Zones: Dive into the world of gaming with our extensive setup featuring both console and PC gaming. Challenge your friends or join in on competitive tournaments.
  • Artist Alley: Stroll through Artist Alley where local independent artists display their comics, artwork, and unique creations.
  • Cosplay Central: Don’t miss Cosplay Central, the ultimate destination for all cosplay enthusiasts. Meet famous cosplayers, join in on parades, or just admire the stunning costumes.
  • Workshops and Panels: Engage with industry experts through a variety of panels and workshops designed to inspire and educate.
  • Australian Championships of Cosplay: Witness as cosplayers compete in the largest cosplay contest in Australia, earning their way to the Sydney show to compete in the finals for the $3k cash prize.
  • The District: Participate in interactive community events and enjoy live performances in our dedicated community space.

AEL Tournament Schedule

Prepare for thrilling competitions across both days:

  • Street Fighter VI: 11:00 AM Saturday & Sunday
    Kick off your morning with the high-octane action of Street Fighter VI. Whether you’re a seasoned fighter or a curious spectator, the intensity and skill on display will captivate everyone. Competitors will clash in a series of matches that test their reflexes, strategy, and mastery of their chosen characters.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 2:00 PM Saturday & Sunday
    As the afternoon rolls in, switch gears to the fun and frenetic racing world of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This tournament is perfect for players of all ages and skill levels, featuring colorful tracks and chaotic competition.

Exciting Sponsorships

We are proudly sponsored by Indomie Australia, your noodle partner and grab a sample pack of Mi Goreng from our zone, and AGON by AOC, providing top-notch gaming monitors for the best gaming experience.

Magic The Gathering Activation

Dive into the world of Magic The Gathering! Join us at our activation zone where attendees can learn to play MTG, explore the game’s rich strategy, and maybe even begin their own journey through the multiverse.

Meet the Guests

Oz Comic-Con Adelaide is also hosting an impressive lineup of guests from various sectors of pop culture. Highlights include appearances by voice actors such as Aaron Dismuke and Sarah Wiedenheft, along with comic artists like Wolfgang Bylsma and many others offering panels, autographs, and photo opportunities.

To check out the full guest list, visit Oz Comic-Con Adelaide Guests.

Join us at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide for a weekend filled with competitive spirit, incredible gaming action, and fun for the whole family. Whether you’re competing or cheering from the sidelines, the excitement is guaranteed!

Get Ready for the High School Day at the AEL Logan Esports Cup!

By Events, High School Cup, News, Primary School Cup

Attention all high school students and esports enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 24th, because it’s the dedicated esports day exclusively for high school students at the AEL Logan Esports Cup held in partnership with Logan City Council. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to dive into the exciting world of competitive gaming and esports careers.


  • 11:00am: Schools arrive
  • 11:00am – 11:30am: Tournament Check-in
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Careers in Esports talk
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm: Tournaments begin
  • 3:00pm: Tournaments end & Schools leave

Careers in Esports Talk: Embark on an exciting journey into the world of Esports careers designed especially for high school students! Join us for an engaging talk led by the CEO of a prominent Esports company, where you’ll uncover the thrilling opportunities awaiting you in this dynamic industry. From professional gaming to behind-the-scenes roles in management, marketing, and technology, explore the diverse pathways to success in Esports. Discover how your passion for gaming can transform into a fulfilling and rewarding career. Gain valuable insights and practical advice from a seasoned industry leader, and unlock the secrets to thriving in the fast-paced world of Esports. Whether you’re a dedicated gamer or simply curious about the possibilities, this talk promises to ignite your imagination and inspire your future aspirations. Don’t miss this chance to chart your course in the exhilarating realm of Esports careers!


  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Join the 1v1 Super Smash Bros. tournament and showcase your school’s best gamers!
  • Mario Kart 8: Compete in the Mario Kart tournament and prove which school is the fastest!
  • Just Dance: Show off your dance moves in the Just Dance tournament and see which school has the best dancers!
  • Minecraft: Participate in the Minecraft build competition and demonstrate your school’s creativity!

Schools may bring a squad of 6 students for each game to compete. Any extra students are welcome to spectate and cheer on their peers.

Register now via this form.

Date: Friday, May 24th

Location: Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Rd, Logan Central QLD 4114

Speak to your teacher about participation and get ready for an unforgettable day of esports excitement at the AEL Logan Esports Cup. See you there!

Join Us at Oz Comic-Con Perth 2024 This Weekend!

By Events, News

This weekend, the Australian Esports League is excited to be a part of Oz Comic-Con Perth! We’re gearing up for a fun-filled event featuring thrilling esports tournaments, interactive activities, and much more.

Esports Tournament Schedule

Get ready to witness some high-octane gaming action at our tournament area, proudly sponsored by Indomie Australia and AGON by AOC. Here’s what our weekend schedule looks like:


  • 11:00 AM: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • 2:00 PM: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


  • 11:00 AM: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • 2:00 PM: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Free Play Gaming Area

Aside from the tournaments, don’t miss out on our free play gaming area where you can enjoy casual gaming sessions and experience the latest offerings from our sponsors. We have a range of games available across XBOX, PC and Nintendo Switch!

Learn Magic: The Gathering

Interested in card games? Join us at the Magic The Gathering learn to play zone. It’s a perfect opportunity for beginners to learn from experienced players and join the community of planeswalkers. Plus, everyone who registers gets a free jumpstart and booster pack!

More Activities at Oz Comic-Con

Oz Comic-Con is more than just games. Explore a variety of activities including:

  • Cosplay Spotlight: Dive into the vibrant world of cosplay at Cosplay Central! Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned pro, participate in the Cosplay Parade, show off your costume on stage, or enjoy the craftsmanship of others in a diverse display of creativity and skill. There’s also a special section for kids to strut their stuff in the Kids Cosplay Parade.
  • Meet the Guests: Meet a stellar lineup of guests from TV, film, comics, and the cosplay world. This is your chance to get up close with your favorite celebrities and creators, secure autographs, and maybe even snap a selfie to remember! At Oz Comic-Con Perth 2024, you can expect an exciting lineup of guests from various realms of pop culture. Voice actors Aaron Dismuke, known for roles in “Fullmetal Alchemist” and “My Hero Academia,” and Sarah Wiedenheft, recognized for her work in “Dragon Ball Super” and “Chainsaw Man,” are among the first announced guests. Additionally, literary and comic fans will have the chance to meet Amanda Bridgeman, Wolfgang Bylsma of Gestalt Publishing, and Scott Wilson of Comics on Country​.
  • Artists and Exhibitors Directory: You’ll find a vibrant collection of artists and exhibitors showcasing their unique creations. This section of the event is a hotspot for discovering new art, purchasing original works, and interacting directly with the creators. Whether you’re interested in traditional comic art or contemporary digital works, Artist Alley provides a diverse range of artistic styles and media. Otherwise checkout what each exhibitor has to show during the show.
  • The District – an immersive experience: For a creative escape, head to The District, where you can participate in interactive illustrator workshops, join in the official drawing competition, or relax with some coloring and papercraft activities. Don’t miss the chance to snap a photo in front of the incredible themed backdrops, from Japanese cherry blossom gardens to fantasy unicorns, perfect for immortalizing your Comic-Con experience​.

For more details on the gaming activities and tournaments, check out the full gaming guide.

We can’t wait to see you there! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live updates and highlights from the event.

Exciting Update from the Australian Esports League: Introducing Minecraft Capture The Flag!

By High School Cup, Minecraft, Primary School Cup

We’re thrilled to announce an exciting new addition to our Australian Esports League Cups—Minecraft Capture The Flag! Starting from Term 2, this dynamic and strategic game will be included in both the High School and Primary School Cups, marking the debut of our very first primary school esports tournament.

What’s New? Minecraft Capture The Flag brings a fresh challenge to the arena. It’s a 5-on-5 format where teams battle to capture the most flags within a set time limit. This game tests not only quick thinking and strategy but also teamwork and communication skills.

Schedule and Registration: Both the High School and Primary School tournaments will follow a structured schedule, with Term 2 kicking off soon:

  • Primary School Cup:
    • Registrations Close: Friday, 10th May
    • Game Days: Every Tuesday starting 21st May to 11th June, at 3:45 PM AEST
    • Available for Years 4, 5 and 6
  • High School Cup:
    • Registrations Close: Friday, 10th May
    • Game Days: Every Saturday starting 18th May to 8th June, at 10:30 AM AEST
    • Available for Years 7-12

For more details and to register, visit our dedicated pages: Primary School Cup | High School Cup

Entry is $125 + GST per team.

All students will need access to Minecraft Education edition.

Prizes and Recognition: The season champions from each cup will be awarded a trophy, celebrating their strategic prowess and teamwork. The top three teams won’t just enjoy the glory; they’ll also receive medallions and merit certificates—a testament to their skills and competitive spirit.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this groundbreaking esports adventure. Whether you’re stepping into the arena for the first time or aiming to add another trophy to your collection, Minecraft Capture The Flag is your playground for creativity, strategy, and sportsmanship.

Join us this term for an unforgettable esports experience!

Welcoming all schools to Series 1 of the 2024 AEL Minecraft Schools Competition!

By Events, Minecraft, News

Over 60 Schools Ignite Creativity and Collaboration in Series 1 of the 2024 Minecraft Schools Competition

The Australian Esports League (AEL) is thrilled to announce that over 60 schools nationwide are participating in the AEL Minecraft Schools Competition Series 1, a testament to the growing enthusiasm for game-based learning and innovative education initiatives in Australia.

This marks a significant milestone for the competition, highlighting its growing appeal among educators and students alike. Organized to foster critical thinking, collaboration, and digital literacy, the challenge spans various themes tailored to different age groups. For those in years 4-6 they tackle “Neighbourhood Heroes”, those in years 7-9 they tackle “Mathematical Marvels” and for those in years 10-12 they will tackle “Literary Landscapes”

Students in are showcasing their creativity, problem-solving, and collaborative skills as they spend the next ten weeks working on these exciting themes within Minecraft. They’re designing neighborhoods celebrating community heroes, visualizing mathematical concepts through historical architecture, and transforming the essence of Australian literature into immersive landscapes.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response from Australian schools,” said Darren Kwan, Director at AEL. “This competition demonstrates the power of Minecraft as a transformative educational tool. Students are engaging with subjects in new ways, developing essential 21st-century skills, and having a blast doing it!”

This broad participation underscores the importance of interactive learning platforms like Minecraft: Education Edition in modern education. The competition not only offers students a unique opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a creative setting but also brings together schools in a spirited exchange of innovation and learning.

Everyone at the Australian Esports League extends their heartfelt thanks to all participating schools and looks forward to showcasing the diverse talents of students across all categories. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting educational journey!

About the AEL Minecraft Schools Competition:

The AEL Minecraft Schools Competition is an annual event that challenges students to build creative and innovative Minecraft worlds inspired by specific themes. The competition is open to Australian schools, with separate pools for Years 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12. For more information, visit

With special thanks to Mojang Studios and the Microsoft Education team in Australia.

About the Australian Esports League (AEL)

The Australian Esports League (AEL) is a leading organization dedicated to promoting esports in Australia’s education sector. With a focus on student engagement, skill development, and community building, AEL provides a platform for schools to participate in structured esports competitions and programs.

Themes Unveiled for Series 1 of the 2024 AEL Minecraft Schools Competition

By Events, Minecraft, News

Get ready to build, collaborate, and explore fascinating concepts – the AEL Minecraft Schools Competition Series 1 themes are here! We’re thrilled to unveil the creative challenges that await students across Australia.

Years 4-6 Pool: Neighbourhood Heroes

Young builders, it’s time to celebrate the everyday heroes that make our communities thrive! Design a Minecraft neighbourhood showcasing the diverse jobs and roles that keep things running smoothly. Think firefighters, shopkeepers, teachers, and many more. Focus on teamwork and emphasize the vital contributions each person makes to the community.

Years 7-9 Pool: Mathematical Marvels

Prepare to journey back in time and bring mathematics to life! Imagine the world of a classical civilization – ancient Greece, Rome, or Egypt – then visualize mathematical concepts or geometric shapes within this setting. Build awe-inspiring structures or landscapes rooted in mathematical principles. Are you ready to blend history, design, and math in a truly unique way?

Years 10-12 Pool: Literary Landscapes

Calling all literary enthusiasts and creative architects! Delve into the world of an Australian novel or poem, transforming its essence into a Minecraft masterpiece. Construct environments, symbols, and even characters that embody the heart and soul of your chosen literary work.

Get Building & Show Off Your Skills!

Remember, registrations are still open for this epic competition! Secure your spot and unleash your students’ creativity.

  • Registration Closes: March 15th
  • Build Period: March 18th – May 24th
  • Website: for full details and registration

We can’t wait to see the incredible worlds your students will create!