British Esports Association

Which gaming centres and cafés in the UK host esports tournaments?

Features - 27 Jul 2017

Gaming cafés might be more popular in Asia than they are in the West, but several new centres have been cropping up in the UK in recent months and years. And they’re a great way of engaging with your local esports community.

We list the UKgaming centres which host esports tournaments and viewing parties in particular.

‘How can I find an esports team to join?’

‘I don’t know which game to look into or how to get started.’

These are a couple of the most common requests we receive at the British Esports Association.

While viewing Twitch streams and YouTube videos and exploring a game’s community on Twitter, Reddit and other channels can help you find out specific information, doing something in person can be more engaging and fun.

Visiting gaming centres, bars and cafés is a great way of getting to know gamers and esports fans in your local community, in a relaxed environment.

Those centres will typically host regular community tournaments or others with prizes, across a variety of games.

You might make some good friends, find a team to play in or just have a place to chill out and chat about gaming.

There are other gaming-themed bars and pubs like Loading and Secret Weapon, which are also great for socialising and playing, but we’ve included those that also offer an esports focus in this article.

Here’s a list of cafés in the UK that host tournaments:

342 Caledonian Rd, London, N1 1BB

Meltdown (pictured, top) is a bar for gamers which is 100% dedicated to esports. Guests can come to drink, play, watch streams and meet likeminded people seven days a week.

It’s a cosy little bar and has a lot of regular community events and tournaments.

eDen Esports Bar
3 Church Walk, Leeds, LS2 7EG

Downstairs eDen has a fully functional bar and kitchen with a seating area for around 30 people, and upstairs there are 12 gaming PCs, three PS4s, two Xbox Ones and some retro consoles.

It will be hosting regular gaming tournaments, for example a 1v1 winner-takes-all League of Legends competition and a CSGO tournament is currently in the works too.
9 Great Union Rd, Jersey, JE2 3YA offers small cash prizes as incentives in its tournaments, from £300 for a winning team in its CSGO tournament, for example.

The British Esports Association spoke to Ian Carr, co-founder of Jersey’s first gaming centre here.

Talk & Surf
62 Tudor Street, Riverside, Cardiff, CF116AJ

As the fastest-growing gaming community in Cardiff, Talk & Surf has a strong community focus.

It hosts esports standard monthly tournaments and weekly meet-ups for the most popular games. The team post regular interesting content and even interviewed the area’s Labour representative about esports, ahead of the general election.

Xtreme Gaming
63-64 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN

Xtreme Gaming says it’s the first dedicated console gaming centre in the UK and its goal is to give the community the best possible experience they can enjoy with friends, family or teammates.

It hosts community nights, works with developers and publishers and targets every type of gamer out there. It’s also one of the longest-running gaming centres in the UK, having been around for a decade already.

Engage Gaming
26 North Silver Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1RL

Engage Gaming has just opened in Aberdeen in the coming week, providing gaming enthusiasts with 180sq ft of gaming space in a venue to meet, play and compete.

It caters for everyone from after-school gaming clubs to summer camps and children’s parties to corporate teambuilding events and the more hardcore gamers.

GAME Belong stores

While they’re not bars or cafés as such, GAME’s Belong gaming arenas do provide a place to take part in grassroots tournaments or play esports games with friends. They also host birthday parties and gatherings.

The Arena Clash store-versus-store nationwide tournaments offer cash and other prizes in games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, Mario Kart and more.

The retail chain has opened several over the past year, including these in the following locations:

  • Bradford, Broadway
  • Bristol, Cribbs Causeway
  • Bristol, Merchant Street
  • Cardiff, St Davids
  • Colchester, Lion Walk Shopping Centre
  • Craigavon, Rushmere Shopping Centre
  • Gateshead, Metro Centre
  • Glasgow, Union Street
  • Hull, Prospect Centre
  • Kingston, Clarence Street
  • London, Wardour Street
  • Manchester, Trafford Centre
  • Milton Keynes, Crown Walk
  • Plymouth, New George Street
  • Portsmouth, Commercial Road
  • Teesside, Teesside Park

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