It’s no secret that my house is full of Minecraft enthusiasts. A few months back a friend shared on Facebook about something called Super League Gaming. Essentially a bunch of kids get together at a movie theater and they play Minecraft together. It’s not just regular Minecraft though, there is a theme for each season with custom created worlds and activities. Spring 2016 was called Galactic Mission. Each kid brings their own laptop and they join a specified server. Then up on the movie screen, it shows a big wide view of the action. Parents are welcome to stay in the theater and watch the action, which is what I did. Our theater had free wifi so I was able to get some work down too while I watched.
Players are organized by teams, you can choose your own team or you will be added to a team. We didn’t have any other friends participating so we let Super League Gaming assign our team and it worked out great. Some of the activities require teams to work together and others are individual based.
Last season there were several different activities that the kids rotated through, here are a few of them.
- Build – The team collectively built an object based on a given theme.
- Mayhem – An individual game where players tried to earn the most kill points.
- Capture Points – A team event where players tried to take over as many capture points as possible. That game required some team strategy because if no one defended a captured area, another team could take it over.
- Protect the Wither – Another team event where teams had to keep their wither alive while trying to kill the other teams wither.
There were different activities different weeks, but the general idea is that they would stay in each area about 15 minutes and then cycle through to the next event. It kept things moving nicely and gave the kids a focus and a purpose. Now I have no idea what the next season’s activities will look like, but this is how it went the last session.
As a pretty conservative parent, I had some concerns about letting my son loose to play Minecraft with strangers. We had a really positive experience, though. Most kids are in the 8 – 14 year old range. The chat is monitored by Super League Gaming employees and they will take action if necessary. All the kids behaved themselves and there was only one warning given out on the last day. The other kids on my son’s team were nice as well.
My son had so much fun! It was the highlight of his week for the 4 week season. He’s been anxiously waiting to find out when the next season starts. He can’t wait to go back.
Well, the wait is almost over. The new season of Super League Gaming, “Rise of Heroes” begins April 30! I am so excited to be able to share a discount code with you!
Your registration fee gets you 4 weeks of Super League Gaming. Each session is 1.5 hours long. It also gets your child a t-shirt and a lanyard. The lanyard is more for practical purposes but my son thought it was pretty cool. You put your minecraft name on one side and the back had information to log-in information for the wifi and server.
When signing up keep in mind that you will need a laptop with Minecraft 1.9.2 installed. You’ll also need a Minecraft account.
League starts April 30. Visit Superleague.com for a schedule of times and locations. Tickets are regularly priced $60. Use promo code “USFAMILY10” today for an exclusive $10 discount.
We had a great experience with Super League Gaming and we can’t wait to do it again. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have, I’m happy to answer them. You can also check out the Super League Gaming FAQ.
*Disclaimer – We paid to attend last season’s Super League Gaming. This season I am receiving free admission in exchange for sharing the coupon code with you.