College teams to compete at nation’s largest gaming festival

After record-breaking sign-ups in both October 2019 and January 2020 which most recently saw 35 colleges involved, the British Esports Championships will once again be on the incredible national stage for their finals at the Insomnia Gaming Festival.

The festival, held at the NEC in Birmingham runs from 10 to 13 April and will see the winners of the winter term of competition face off against the spring term winners, who have just started competing.

Familiar colleges to success in other AoC Sport competitions, Bridgwater & Taunton College, and Sunderland College have already qualified for places in the showcase finals, with the slots for their opponents hotly contested. Colleges and schools compete against each other in the championships, run by the British Esports Association in partnership with AoC Sport, which have proven impact on students’ communication, teamwork and resilience skills.

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.”

AoC Sport along with the British Esports Association held a forum for members last year to discuss Esports in FE and hope to build on that success this year.

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

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