British Esports Championships returning to colleges in January 2019

After a successful first season, the British Esports Championships is back for a new season commencing in January 2019.

AoC Sport is partnering with the British Esports Association who manage the competition, to provide oversight of the competition via a college esports committee.

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.

Rocket League, Overwatch and League of Legends will again be on offer for teams of three, six and five players respectively from colleges.

Teams will be placed in regional leagues and will take part in weekly fixtures over the season, which continues until the end of term 2.

Matches will take place in the afternoon, usually at 4pm. Live finals will take place at Insomnia Gaming Festival at the NEC, Birmingham, on Friday 19 April 2019.

The entry fee for the British Esports Championships is £25 per college for the 2018/19 academic year, plus £5 per team, per game, per season.

Teams that already took part in Season 1 will not need to pay the central £25 entry fee again. More details, including how to enter, can be found here.

Why is AoC Sport supporting esports?

As part of AoC Sport’s mission to get every student active, we need to engage with inactive students in colleges and introduce them to physical activity.

Esports provides an excellent opportunity to do so. It also develops many of the same skills and personal qualities as sport and physical activity: teamwork, discipline, commitment, social inclusion, focus and resilience.

London Sport has recognised the connection, and in October this year it ran an event with West Ham United Foundation, Archery GB, Game Digital and the British Esports Association to explore the crossover between esports, sport and physical activity. A full report is due in the new year.

Speaking about the British Esports Championships pilot event earlier this year, David Atkinson-Beaumont, games development course leader at Truro & Penwith College said: “This was an amazing experience and opportunity for the students. We really feel like we took part in something historic, being in the first British Esports Championships. We’re really thrilled with our silver medal status.

“It’s been a great learning opportunity for the college and has paved the way for our Esports Academy.”

AoC Sport wants to ensure that all college activities are part of a balanced lifestyle which includes being active. We know that many students who play sport also play esports as part of their rest and recovery.

On the other hand we want to ensure that committed gamers recognise the need to manage screen time and to be physically active. So we are developing guidance with British Esports Association to ensure students’ wellbeing when playing esports.

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