British Esports Association

Welcome to the British Esports Association

Welcome to the British Esports Association, the national body for esports and competitive video gaming.

We are a not-for-profit organisation designed to support and promote grassroots esports in Britain. 

The aim is not to push esports as a sport, or as a rival to traditional sport, but as a credible activity in its own right which can have positive cognitive and other benefits when done in moderation. Esports also promotes teamwork and communication, develops communities and provides jobs.

Unlike passive media such as TV, esports requires quick thinking and involves the participant directly.

British Esports Championships for schools and colleges

The full Championships will follow the full academic year starting September 2018. The grand finals are set to take place in spring 2019 at the UK's largest gaming festival – Insomnia – at the Birmingham NEC.

For more information, visit our dedicated British Esports Championships hub here

What is esports?

Esports (electronic sports) is a proven human-versus-human mind game - a Chess 2.0 if you like. It's essentially competitive video gaming.

Tournaments usually consist of amateur or professional gamers competing against one another for a cash prize.

Esports is classified in the UK as a game and not a sport (similar to the likes of chess and bridge). We are working to educate the Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of its benefits.

Read our PDF for more info on esports here:

Download our 'what is esports' PDF here

Read more about the British Esports Association including our mission statement, sign up to our free email newsletter and check out our extensive PDF info pack here.