Inaugural British Esports Championships launched in colleges

Following a successful pilot in early 2018, AoC Sport is pleased to support the very first national esports competition for colleges in the UK.

Colleges can enter teams of between three and eight students per team to play esports games against teams from other colleges in their regions, eventually playing in live finals at the UK’s biggest gaming festival; Insomnia 64.

All three games used in the championship (Overwatch, League of Legends and Rocket League) are either PEGI 3 or PEGI 12 rated meaning they are more than suitable for FE students to take part in with a parallel schools championship taking place with the same games.

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. Taking part in esports draws parallels between physical sports and virtual, 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.”

To get on the ‘First to Know’ list send your expression of interest to sports@aoc.co.uk who will share an entry form with you as soon as it becomes available. Entry fees will be £25 to register the college and then £5 per team, per season, with seasons following the three terms of the academic year.

Managers of student services and enrichment, as well as staff in game design departments may already have teams established in college or the competition structure allows for new teams to be set up before competing.

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