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 The eGames

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Launched today as part of the London Games Festival, the eGames is an international gaming tournament where national pride is the prize.

Speaking at the event, Minster for Culture Ed Vaizey said “The eGames promises to be an exciting venture that will give eSports competitors across the UK even more opportunities to showcase their talents on an international stage. I welcome the ambitions of the IEGC and their efforts to promote the UK as a leading nation in the eSports sector.”

In line with other globally established sporting events, the eGames will be a medal only competition, with no prize money, but the opportunity to take home gold for your country.

The IEGC is a not for profit initiative, and has been set up with the aim of positively shaping the future of competitive gaming . They will set up an International Advisory Board to assist in running the eGames and assist it with: instilling good governance, responsible gaming and ensuring the competition is inclusive and diverse.

Each country will have the opportunity to enter their eTeam. Currently eTeam Britain, eTeam Canada, eTeam Brazil and eTeam USA are already on board.

The first planned event is a two-day pop up in Rio during the Olympics to showcase the eGames to the world of competitive gaming and attract further partners.

“We plan to take the very best practice from the sports world and bring it to competitive gaming. Our ambition is to bring credibly to the sector, dignity to the players and inspiration to the spectators.” – Chester King, Chief Marketing Officer, International eGames Group.

Jules Robinson Head of Business Development at Pinewood Group, where the IECG will operate from, added “We are delighted to be welcoming this exciting new initiative to our growing gaming community here at Pinewood. This bolsters our ambitions for Pinewood Games to become the leading games hub and go to location for the British games industry looking for state of the art facilities and a cluster of likeminded companies to work alongside. The IEGC will also be able to take advantage of outstanding venues for hosting events as well as our industry leading broadcasting services, which will prove essential in delivering all the action that the eSports community demands.”

For more info please go to www.egames.org