Train2Game News Esports In Education Summit

British Esports, the not-for-profit organisation and national body set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, is pleased to announce the return of the annual Esports in Education Summit this year.


Scheduled to take place on Thursday June 30th, 2022, at The Metronome (Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies), the fourth annual edition of the Esports in Education Summit, brought to you by British Esports and Association of Colleges Sport (AOC), will be a hybrid event with spaces available for attendees on the day.


The Esports in Education Summit brings together Senior Leaders, Curriculum Managers, Lecturers, as well as Team Coaches, from across the UK, to discuss the impact, developments and opportunities available in competitive gaming and esports in schools and colleges.


“We’re delighted to host the Esports in Education Summit once again this year, at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham,” said Andy Payne OBE, Chair of British Esports. ”This summit is vitally important to continue the discussions around Esports and Education.  With restrictions forcing events online over the past few years, it’s great to be able to get back to physical events once again to meet with key stakeholders and educational leaders”.


“Over the past couple of years the Esports in Education Summit has become an established event and one of the real highlights of the college Esports calendar,” said Dean Hardman, Director of Sport and Student Experience at AOC. “We at AoC Sport are once again delighted to be partnering with British Esports to deliver what promises to be yet another informative and enjoyable event”.


A range of keynotes, panel discussions, and sessions with industry leaders as well as experts from across the education sector will discuss a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Esports: the competitive activity of the future
  • British Esports and the Student Champs (The story so far)
  • Career pathways in esports
  • Wider Impact Projects – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Esports in Education: Academic development in Further Education and Higher Education
  • How sport and esports can mutually benefit – Commonwealth Games
  • A special tour of Confetti X – the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology (physical attendees only)

There will also be opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges and learn from schools and colleges who are in varied stages of esports development.Tickets are FREE and are available to book via the Event Page.  Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to visit the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology, scheduled to host the British Esports Student Champs Finals on July 2nd and July 3rd 2022.


The confirmed line up of Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Train2Game News GB Results For Global eSports

Earlier this year the British Esports Association selected the 2021 teams to represent Great Britain for this year’s Global Esports Games (GEG) 2021 in Singapore.

Teams from more than 80 countries competed last weekend at a medal event which didn’t include prize money. The 2021 games had tournaments in Street Fighter V, Dota 2 Open, Dota 2 Women and eFootball PES. 

The inaugural games took place from December 17th-19th where Great Britain had teams and players competing for their chance to secure a medal. The teams were led by Vexed Gaming’s Chief Gaming Officer, Mark Weller, as team manager. 

The Dota 2 Women’s team played on the main stage, securing a Silver medal to the hosting country Singapore. 

Great Britain team manager Mark Weller commented “Closing out the first global esports games with a Silver medal and 2 close 4th place finishes (1-2 and 2-3) is a fantastic start for what could be a strong national programme, Our journey to Singapore was met with many struggles, but I feel we are building the foundations of something truly fantastic with your GB esports roster. I think we can walk away proud, showing that Great Britain is home to some exceptional talent and I look forward to building on these foundation’s we laid in 2021″. 

For an overview of all events, please see below.   

Dota 2 Open  

With an early start the Dota 2 Open team competed in their semi-finals game against Singapore. Despite their best efforts, Great Britain fell short against the home nation 0-2, ending their journey in the Global Esports Games 2021 with a 4th place finish.

Captain of the Great Britain Dota 2 Open team commented:
“Unfortunately we did not reach the expectations we had but I’m happy we are able to learn from this experience so we can come back stronger next year.”  

Dota 2 Women  

Firstly, Great Britain faced Mongolia in the semi-finals with their chance to secure a spot in the grand finals. The team secured the victory 2-0 where their next game would see them face against the hosting country’s team: Singapore. 

Heading onto the main stage, Great Britain started off the first match in the best-of-three series with a victory, putting themselves 1-0 up against Singapore. After a long game filled with nail-biting moments, the hosting country leveled up the series 1-1, taking it to its full lengths.   

The final match saw the game running over 70 minutes long, where Singapore took the edge resulting in Great Britain securing a Silver medal finish.

Great Britain player Bellemiku commented: “From where we started in the beginning, I am so proud of how far we have come. We prepared for the matches to the best of our ability and our series vs Mongolia and Singapore showed that. We went into the finals with low expectations and winning that first match felt amazing, it’s a shame we couldn’t close out the series but the final 80 minute match just displays how close it really was. I’m very excited to see more opportunities like this in the future!”   

eFootball 2022 PES    

On December 17th the eFootball 2022 PES qualifiers took place, where MrMyClub1 was representing team Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The day started off strong with a victory against Hungary. 

Moving into the next two sets of games against Montenegro and Libya, despite a valiant attempt from MrMyClub1, he wasn’t able to progress further in the tournament losing to both countries. 

He commented: “Overall it’s been an incredible experience, very very competitive as I had imagined and just unlucky not to get through in the end as it was very close.” 

Street Fighter V  

The Street Fighter V action started off with a group stage where player Kim-Phillipe finished off with a clean sheet 4-0, progressing to the bracket stages of the tournament. 

Countries within the group were: Paraguay, Singapore, Jamaica and Mongolia.

The following day The4Philzz took to the main stage against Brazil. Starting off 0-1 down, he later tied up the series with the character Falke. With the momentum of taking game two, he managed to close out the series 3-1 and secured his place in the semi-finals against Chinese Taipei.   

Whilst the games were close, he unfortunately fell 1-3 in the semi-finals and is set to participate in a third-place match-up against Pakistan. 

Pakistan took the series 3-1 in a heavily contested bout for the bronze medal, leaving Great Britain with a 4th place finish in the Street Fighter V tournament at the Global Esports Games 2021. 

He commented: “My time at the Global Esports Games 2021 in Singapore was great! Started my group stages with a flawless 4-0 record. I then moved on to the top 8 qualifiers the next day. Many hard battles were fought and my journey ended in 4th place.”  

In the coming weeks you can watch back Great Britain’s journey behind the scenes in Singapore, with videos to be uploaded to the British Esports Association’s YouTube channel. 

You can also view all Great Britain rosters and final placements on the British Esports website.  

Train2Game News British Esports Collaborating Woth Bett 2022

British Esports is proud to announce its collaboration with Bett 2022, which will bring esports into the world’s biggest EdTech show.

Bett is the global community for education technology, and Bett is the biggest annual Edtech event across the globe. 

The upcoming show will be taking place in London from the 19th – 21st January 2022 at the ExCeL Centre. 

The event will have a dedicated esports feature, where British Esports is working in association with Bett to curate Esports @ Bett’ – which is the first dedicated feature of its kind at any Edtech show across the globe. 

Alongside this, they will be involved in panels to show the positive impact esports can have on young people. Daily Rocket League matches will also take place between British Esports Student Champs participants throughout the event. 

This strategic partnership will allow for further esports integration into the education sector, and give educators the chance to explore possibilities for their students. On top of this, the feature will also highlight the importance of digital skills, and how esports is the starting point. 

The esports feature will be in a prime position on the show floor – of which visitors can get hands-on with some gaming setups, and speak to industry professionals. 

In the run up to to the event, British Esports will also create regular online content for the Bett Esports Hub. This content will be education-focused, and further develop the importance of esports for global educators. 

Elliot Bond, British Esports’ Head of Broadcast and Events, said: “We are proud to be representing the esports industry in the incredible Bett show this year. It’s a huge opportunity for those interested in gaming to learn how education and esports can be brought together to inspire and motivate young people.”

Registrations are now open for the event for Bett 2022, and further information on this can be found on their website

Train2Game News New Not For Profit UK eSports Committee Formed

A new independent not-for-profit committee consisting of leading UK esports teams has formed, supported by the British Esports Association, to help progress and grow the UK esports industry to become more globally recognised.

The UK Esports Team Committee (UKETC) will act as a collective voice of UK teams in wider industry discussions, representing their views and interests to the wider UK esports and video games industries and to Government, and to encourage professionalism within UK esports.

The UKETC will identify ways to enhance the credibility of esports in the UK, acting as a source of advice and educational resource for other UK esports teams.

The aim is to bring teams together to lift UK esports as a whole by improving commercial opportunities for UK esports teams, establishing a set of standards for professional esports teams in the UK and have UKETC as a voice involved in the conversation with other esports bodies such as British Esports and Ukie.

Founding members of the UKETC include Endpoint, EXCEL, Fnatic, MNM Gaming, London Royal Ravens, London Spitfire and Vexed Gaming, with other teams able to apply to join the committee.

The committee will come together to accept new teams wishing to join and have produced a set of criteria that they will use to assess their decision making, such as; being a registered limited company in the United Kingdom, having a brand history spanning three years or more, having a respectable track record of competing in esports competitions, demonstrable contractual commitments to staff and players, and more.

It is also stated that organisations who do not meet all requirements, but excel in a number of the stated requirements, are still encouraged to apply and may still be accepted.

The full list of criteria and more information on the UKETC can be found on the committee’s website.

 The British Esports Association will support the UKETC, however the committee will not be a formal sub-committee under British Esports. This will allow the UKETC to operate independently, whilst still allowing it to work together according to its shared values of credibility, education, inclusivity and sustainability.

Train2Game News: Gods Will Fall Announced

Deep Silver is pleased to announce Gods Will Fall, a dark fantasy action game due to launch on January 29, 2021 on the PlayStation®4, Xbox One and the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia.

Developed by Manchester-based Clever Beans, Gods Will Fall is a high-stakes, dark fantasy action game about the few remaining Celtic warriors of a destroyed army, on their way to overthrow the diabolical Gods. Pre-orders will go live in January of 2021.

View the announcement trailer on YouTube – https://youtu.be/q3FEhQf98wE

In Gods Will Fall, you are the last hope for humanity. The gods’ torturous rule over humanity has lasted for millennia. Bent on cruelty and suffering, they demand to be served with blind worship through an oath of fealty pledged from every man, woman, and child.

To those who don’t submit to the gods’ will, a slow and merciless death awaits.  

Experience the brutal trials of a venturous band of warriors in their desperate plight to sever the gods’ callous grip on humanity. Every man and woman who can muster a blade, having suffered the brutality of the gods’ reign for too long, will be called upon to form your clan of eight Celtic survivors and rise up to take on the legions of horrific beasts and minions that dwell in each of the gods’ hellish realms.    

A personal tale emerges with every decision made. Succeed and see legends born. Fail and watch lives turn to dust.

Features:

  • Iconic Gods & Realms – Unravel the dark secrets of each ancient god as you venture into their elaborate and perilous lairs. Crawling with minions who will stop at nothing to defend their deities, each location will be deadlier than the last.
  • Celtic Warrior Clan – With eight different warriors of every size, each equipped with their own exclusive weapon type, choose your next hero wisely. Success is hard earned and brings unique skills, weapons, and items, but failure will see the challenger imprisoned and screaming for salvation. 
  • Navigate a World of Duality – Savor the calming sights as you explore the stunning and lush terrain of the Overworld. But beyond each ancient doorway lies a god’s realm. Brimming with foul creatures, stalking a world built from human suffering. Each path you tread and each door you open will be different from the last, ensuring a brand-new tale unfolds every time.
  • A Lesson in Brutality – With a pick up and play combat style that is easy to learn but hard to master, a massive challenge awaits all who venture within. Strengthen your warrior by entering the fray and embracing the berserker within. Defeat is always moments away as the gods await their challenger.

Gods Will Fall will launch on January 29, 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia. For more information about Gods Will Fall, please visit the official site GodsWillFall.com

Train2Game News World Esports Day

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support esports, has teamed up with SpecialEffect and Percent as part of World Esports Day.

The global gaming celebration takes place on October 24th 2020 and will see various organisations and members of the esports community running streams and activities to spread awareness of the positives of esports.

Money raised throughout UK-based activities will go to SpecialEffect, the charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, SpecialEffect finds a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

Tom Donegan, Fundraising Lead at SpecialEffect, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for World Esports Day here in the UK. Over recent years we have received fantastic support from organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the esports community, who have shown a strong affinity with our work enabling more people with severe physical disabilities to play to the best of their ability. 

“We’re proud to join with the British Esports Association, Percent and our friends across the world in celebrating the positive impact of esports in bringing people together to enjoy the games we all love.”

During the World Esports Day activities, fans, viewers and those involved will be able to make donations to a number of charitable causes around the world. Monies raised in the UK will go to UK-based SpecialEffect, with each other national esports federation nominating a charity for their respective country. 

As a global payments platform for charitable donations, Percent will utilise its global giving API that makes charitable payments safe, secure and easy.

The Percent API enables businesses to build unique giving and sustainability experiences into their products. For World Esports Day, this also means that all charities will be completely vetted and validated by Percent.

The company will carry out the necessary due diligence and charity vetting to ensure donations end up in the right pockets around the globe. 

Henry Ludlam, CEO of Percent, commented: “We’re very happy to be partnering with British Esports to build charitable purpose into esports and power donations in the World Esports Day platform across 70 countries worldwide.”

British Esports is one of several founding members of World Esports Day, the others being the Global Esports Federation, Twitch Student and the Singapore Esports Association. 

Chester King, CEO and founder of the British Esports Association, and VP and chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission at the Global Esports Federation, added: “We’re delighted to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause in SpecialEffect, and to have found a partner to ensure the donations made as part of World Esports Day are transacted safely and securely.

“We’re excited to see how the day goes and to raise money for a number of great causes and charities around the world.”

For more information, visit worldesportsday.com

Train2Game News British eSports Ramps Up The Content

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, is ramping up its livestreaming content.

British Esports will be running a host of streaming activities and shows on its Twitch channel, with three shows planned every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The activities will be kicked off with a special launch stream on Friday April 3rd from 4-6pm, hosted by British Esports school and college liaison officer Elliot Bond. This broadcast will run through the association’s streaming plans, give a taste of the content series it will be producing and get some guests on to talk, including a member of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF).

British Esports recently partnered with NASEF and, as part of this, NASEF has helped to shape and influence British Esports’ streaming content.

British Esports has also strengthened its existing partnership with the Twitch Student program around these activities. The livestreaming platform has granted British Esports Partner status, giving the channel plenty of tools to grow and promote its streams.

Going forwards, the British Esports Twitch channel will feature masterclass speakers, takeovers, guest panels, activities from British Esports game advisers, Women in Esports content, community challenges and more.

The British Esports Championships grand finals for schools and colleges are also set to be livestreamed on April 24th to 26th, in partnership with the NUEL (further details to follow).

When the British Esports Championships returns later this year for the 2020/21 seasons, British Esports will aim to host weekly shows looking at the latest matches and interviewing teams.

Some of the British Esports streaming content series will include:

  • Esports 101: Guests will teach the community in their expert fields in a series of virtual lectures. This could be to do with casting, pro gamer advice, the different types of esports careers and so on
     
  • Game Adviser Takeovers: A British Esports game adviser will have the opportunity to run a guest stream, either to host a Q&A session or to provide the community with their top advice in their specialist games
     
  • Women in Esports Wednesdays: a mixture of panels, interviews and more talking about the latest around British Esports’ Women in Esports campaign
     
  • Off the Record: British Esports head of content Dom Sacco will interview different personalities in the esports industry to provide insight into their careers in a series of real, raw interviews
     
  • Ask the Experts: Different members of the community join British Esports in a panel/podcast series. For example, Sheridans will be on stream to talk about the government support scheme specifically for esports freelancers
     
  • Fun Fridays: Community challenges, fun mini-tournaments and games (and possibly even a Sacco’s Snackos cookery class)

Game advisers that have expressed interest in running guest streams include Terry ‘Servitude’ May, Adam Fitch (journalism), Ryan ‘Wok’ Liu, Layla ‘TamashiiKanjou’ Abbott (a mix of streams including tips, advice and Animal Crossing), Su Collins (cookery), Nick Egan, Graham Day, Ben Rogers and more.

A full schedule including times will follow in the coming weeks.

Dominic Sacco, British Esports Association head of content, commented: “We’re so excited to be launching a host of streaming activity on Twitch – I think it’s fair to say it’s overdue! 

“Over the past year we have seen good growth and now have a great team in place that I’m certain will produce some brilliant content. Please bear with us as we get up and running and let us know your thoughts on our activities. 

“I want to emphasise this is all about the community, so if you would like to get involved with our streams, or have an idea, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to discuss. See you in the chat!”

“NASEF is honored to be partnering with British Esports to help make a difference for students, families and communities during these challenging times,” said Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and founder of NASEF. 

“It is rare to find someone with the same interests and values with whom a partnership is just so natural. Together, we are providing a free online ‘scholastic playground’ where kids can get together, play and learn at the same time, in a safe and monitored space. Thanks to the BEA-NASEF partnership, this is happening throughout the UK and North America.”  

Viewers can watch British Esports streaming activities and will soon be able see the latest content schedule at twitch.tv/britishesports

Train2Game News Educational Benefits of Gaming

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, has extended its partnership with AoC Sport to host a special event focused on esports in the education space.

The Esports in Education Summit is designed to bring together teachers, lecturers, researchers and more across the UK, to help them better understand the benefits of esports and how their schools, colleges, universities and students can get involved.

There will be talks, panel discussions and more from teachers, students and industry experts, as well as members of both AoC Sport and the British Esports Association. The full content track and speaker line-up will be revealed in due course.

There will also be networking opportunities and lunch will be provided on the day.

It will take place on Thursday May 21st at Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, WR3 8ZE, the home of the Worcester Warriors rugby team. Registration begins at 10am and the event will conclude from 3.30pm. 

The event is free for teachers, lecturers and researchers, or £80+ VAT for anyone else. Guests can sign up to attend here.

It follows on from an Esports in Further Education forum that also took place at Sixways Stadium last year, but promises to be bigger and better this year, with up to 150 delegates able to attend. In terms of spaces, teachers and lecturers will have priority and it will be first come, first served.

Last year, AoC Sport’s Managing Director kicked off proceedings with a welcome and introduction, before Darren Newnham, British Esports Association advisory board member and Nexus CEO gave an overview on esports.

British Esports content director Dominic Sacco then spoke about the British Esports Championships for schools and colleges and, after lunch, a college esports panel including lecturers, teachers and students spoke about the benefits of esports, taking part in the Championships and shared best practice with the audience including tips on setting up esports clubs, getting the right equipment and forming teams.

Delegates also learnt about career pathways, how esports can increase attendance levels, promote teamwork, leadership and communication skills and help students make new friends and more.

Kaussar Bashir of South & City College Birmingham said: “It was an amazing event to kick-start and welcome esports into the FE sector. It was very informative, engaging and offered a complete network of support for someone like ourselves who are at the start of our esports journey.”

Andy Payne OBE, British Esports Association chair, commented: “We’re excited to be bringing an esports education event back to Sixways Stadium after the success of last year. 

“We’re looking forward to updating leaders in education about what’s happening in this space, what we’re doing and how they can get involved in esports.”

Dr Dean Hardman, AoC Director of Sport and Student Experience, said: “We’re delighted to be co-hosting the first Esports in Education Summit off the back of a successful FE forum last year.

“It’s a great opportunity for colleges to find out more about the growing esports sector and the wider benefits gaming can have on students’ personal development.”

Guests can sign up to attend the Esports in Education Summit here

Train2Game News British eSports Finals

The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, has announced the dates for its student grand finals.

The 2019/20 British Esports Championships will once again conclude at the Birmingham NEC’s Insomnia Gaming Festival, which runs from April 10th to 13th. The tournament is for students aged 12 and above in secondary schools, alternative provision schools and further education colleges across the UK.

The specific dates for each of the three finals are as follows:

Overwatch: Friday April 10th, 10am

Rocket League: Friday April 10th, 12pm

League of Legends: Saturday April 11th, 10am

The finals will see the winners of our winter championship face off against the winners of the spring championship, which has just got underway.

Team BTC (Bridgwater & Taunton College), Clyde Hot Shots (Glasgow Clyde College) and Sunderland Seers (Sunderland College) have already qualified for the League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch finals respectively, with the slots for their opponents currently up for grabs.

The news comes as the British Esports Championships continue to draw growing numbers of participants, following record sign-ups last October.
For the 2019/20 season, 72 individual schools and colleges are taking part, representing a 94.59% increase over the 2018/19 season.

In terms of the number of teams, 259 signed up for 2019/20, a year-on-year rise of 93.28%.

Mary Antieul, head of esports at Insomnia and BELONG, commented: “We are delighted to be hosting the 2020 Championship finals at Insomnia 66, the UK’s largest gaming festival. We look forward to watching the school and college teams compete alongside the best of our Insomnia BYOC teams and BELONG Arena Clash teams.”

Elliot Bond and Alice Leaman, British Esports school and college liaison officers, said in a joint statement: “We’re delighted to bring the finals of the British Esports Championships back to Insomnia for another two days of epic grassroots esports action. Some fierce rivalries have formed between the different teams over the past few months and we look forward to watching them culminate on the big stage come April.”

Elsewhere, a separate tournament for alternative provision schools will take place again this year, following a competition in 2019. Further details about this will be announced in due course.

If you would like to watch the finals live, you can purchase tickets to Insomnia here: https://www.seetickets.com/tour/insomnia

Train2Game News British eSports hits schools and colleges

The British Esports Association has announced details of its first full competitive gaming Championships for schools, colleges and alternative provision schools.

The not-for-profit organisation has entered into a partnership with streaming programme Twitch Student to grow the British Esports Championships and help give students support and opportunities.

In addition, a new partnership has been formed with AoC Sport (part of the Association of Colleges) and the British Esports Association to provide management and oversight of the competition via the College Esportscommittee. This new committee will ensure that esports is properly managed in colleges and is positioned as part of a balanced lifestyle alongside education and physical activity.

The British Esports Championships is for students aged 12-19, with each school or college allowed to enter teams for three different games. The first confirmed game is 5v5 League of Legends.

The Championships will begin on October 10th and run for two seasons, the first consisting of eight weeks of fixtures with breaks for half term and the second running in the New Year. The first six weeks will feature a Swiss tournament format, with Playoffs taking place during the remaining weeks.
Matches will take place for 90 minutes onafternoonsafter school or college, avoiding conflict with Wednesday afternoon sport or classes.

Depending on the number of sign ups, schools and colleges will be split into their respective regions. The top two from each region will get promoted to a Super League for Season 2.

The live finals are set to take place at the Insomnia gaming festival in Easter 2019 at the Birmingham NEC.

Team sign-ups will open in the first week of September and will close on September 26th. Visit the dedicated Championships information coming soon on www.britishesports.org to sign up or read more information.
In terms of partnerships, the British Esports Association will adopt the Twitch Student Program, which helps schools and colleges learn how to stream so that friends, parents and others can watch their matches and other gaming activities live online. It has already been working with a number colleges in the US, universities in the UK and now it’s embracing the UK schools and colleges space.

Twitch Student gives users access to ‘swag’ and privileges as they level up, such as special streaming features, subscription buttons and the chance to earn revenues, Twitch homepage promotions and more. It also helps students pitch their gaming ideas or community projects to teachers and schools.

Mark “Garvey” Candella, Twitch Director of Strategic Partnerships, commented: “The British Esports Association and Twitch Student program share a belief in the ability of students to grasp the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in gaming and esports, while applying their education in new and innovative ways.

“The combination of passion and education can only lead to more opportunities for themselves and this exciting industry. We are proud to work with the British Esports Association on helping students realise their potential through the practical experience this program creates.”

In addition to the support of Twitch, the new College Esports committee will be working with the British Esports Association to promote the Championships to colleges throughout the UK.

AoC Sport says it’s been encouraged by the work of the British Esports Association in drawing parallels between physical sports and esports, engaging with education as well as developing skills in communication, problem solving, teamwork and more.

Marcus Kingwell, Managing Director of AoC Sport, said: “We see esports as a route to engaging inactive students in colleges and encouraging them to engage in physical activity. We’re delighted to be working with the British Esports Association as part of the College Esports committee, ensuring that esports is properly managed in colleges and is part of a balanced lifestyle alongside education and physical activity.”

British Esports chair Andy Payne OBE added: “It’s fantastic to be teaming up with Twitch Student and AoC Sport and to have the backing of organisations well engrained in both gaming and college sports. We look forward to growing the British Esports Championships together.”

The announcement follows a successful pilot which took place in schools and colleges from January to April and saw Solihull School and Sunderland College win the respective Championships. The pilot allowed the British Esports Association to create a safe online environment for students aged 12-19 to play age-appropriate esports. It fostered talent, championed positive role models, promoted leadership, communication, creativity and teamwork skills and its work is supported by multiple government departments.

The pilot brought pupils together, improved relations with teachers, developed employability skills, helped schools raise awareness of their activities and secure funding. It also drew national attention including coverage from the BBC, Sky, Daily Mail and more.

The news also comes after British Esports appointed Natacha Jones as Student Esports Coordinator to develop the British Esports Championships.
Since January, Natacha has held the role of Twitch Student Program Manager at the National University Esports League, tracking the success of a pilot scheme for UK universities.

She will be working closely with schools and colleges as part of the British Esports Championships and helping them integrate with the Twitch Student Program.

If you want to find out more visit www.britishesports.org