Promote. Improve. Inspire.

From nationwide amateur grassroots competition to cutting edge esports curriculum and national representation on the global stage, we’re dedicated to increasing levels of esports awareness, improving esports standards and inspiring future esports talent. 

Each achievement is a stepping stone toward a horizon filled with boundless opportunities and undiscovered potential. Our commitment to the transformative power of esports continues to drive us forward, fueling our ongoing pursuit of innovation, excellence and inclusivity.

Our journey has only just begun. 

Great Britain on the podium at the European Esports Games Championships 2023


British Esports was founded in 2016 with 3 simple goals;

To Promote, Improve and Inspire.

The first iteration of the British Esports Advisory Board is established to help deliver advice and guidance on future projects, pilots and initiatives of the British Esports Federation. 


Developed in association with XXXXX, British Esports launch their first after-school esports clubs in libraries across the UK.


British Esports launch the first iteration of the Student Champs, a tournament designed for students aged 12+ at schools and colleges throughout the UK.

British Esports become the founding member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Gaming and Esports Liaison Group.

“We are excited to be developing infrastructure for the UK esports ecosystem, but, as part of the UK’s national levelling up campaign, we are equally thrilled that the people of the North East will have an incredible facility on their doorstep.”



West Sunniside and the accommodation at the National Esports Performance Campus


British Esports launch the first iteration of the Esports in Education Summit to discuss the on-going impact of esports in education.

British Esports launch their first diversity, inclusivity and equity (DEI) initiative with Women in Esports, an initiative designed to tackle the underrepresentation of women and marginalised genders in esports.

British Esports become a founding member of the Global Esports Federation (GEF).


British Esports announce a partnership with UK’s largest awarding organisation, Pearson, to launch the BTEC in Esports at Level 2 and Level 3.

For more information visit Pearson.

British Esports establish the Women in Esports Committee, a collective of leading female figures from esports and other creative industries, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for women and marginalised genders.



British Esports manage the selection and representation of players competing in the 2021 Global Esports Games in Singapore.

British Esports announce a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) to launch the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Esports.

For more information, visit Duke of Edinburgh.


British Esports represent the home nations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales at the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships in Birmingham, England.

British Esports announce a University-level partnership with the College of Esports, a world-first university-level institution dedicated solely for university degrees in the business of esports.

For mroe information, visit College of Esports.

British Esports announce a partnership with Sunderland College for the provision of the Esports BTEC from the National Esports Performance Campus.

For more information, visit Sunderland College.

British Esports announce the National Esports Performance, a 40,000 sq. ft. multi-site venue based in Sunderland.

For more information, visit National Esports Performance Campus.

British Esports manage the representation of Great Britain at the 2022 Global Esports Games in Istanbul, Turkey.


British Esports represent Great Britain at the inaugural European Esports Games Championships in Katowice, Poland.

Competing in eFootball and Rocket League, Great Britain secure 2 silver medals, becoming the most awarded nation of the tournament.

British Esports form part of the British delegation at Olympic Esports Week in Singapore and welcomed players from Great Britain competing in the Olympic Esports Series for Tennis, Sailing, Motorsport and Cycling.

British Esports announce the expansion of the multi-site venue in Sunderland to include Gaming Houses and Residential Accommodation, along with increased investment in learning spaces.

British Esports manage the representation of Great Britain at the 2023 Global Esports Games in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


British Esports’ Women in Esports initiative was a nominated finalist in the 2024 *gameHERs Awards, for “Organisation with the Best DEI Initiatives”  for its ongoing work in creating a more equitable and diverse esports industry.

Visit the *gameHERs.

British Esports and the UK’s leading children’s charity, NSPCC, announce strategic partnership to develop safeguarding in esports for children and young adults.

For more information, visit National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.


Have questions? Here’s a few of  the ones we’re asked most often.

British Esports does have a corporate structure.  Here are the key points:

Establishment: In January 2016, British Esports (company number 10038010) was officially recognised as the national body for esports in the UK by Sajid Javid MP, the then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Company Structure: British Esports is a private company limited by guarantee without share capital. It has special permission to not include “Limited” in its name.

Ownership: The sole owner of British Esports is OSL Sport Media Limited (company number: 06544860) (Onside Law). Onside Law’s shareholders are solicitors Oliver Hunt, Jamie Singer, Simon Thorp, and Chris Walsh, who are also members of Onside Law LLP, a regulated firm of solicitors.

Income and Property Use: All income and property of British Esports must be used to promote its objectives:

  • Increasing esports participation worldwide.
  • Regulating and governing esports.
  • Providing facilities for esports participation and competition.

Ownership and Management: Onside Law, as the sole member, does not receive any income from British Esports, nor does it have directors on the board or involvement in daily operations. British Esports is managed by its directors and supported by an Advisory Board.

Profit Reinvestment: British Esports must reinvest any profits back into the organisation to support its ongoing objectives. No directors or staff members have ownership interests or rights to share in any profits.

Subsidiary: British Esports Federation Limited (company number 10076349) (BEF) is a 100% owned subsidiary of British Esports. British Esports Federation is the trading arm that enters into contracts and holds trademarks for British Esports.

As with all not-for-profit organisations, British Esports must ensure that it’s a viable and sustainable entity.  As such it will, as and where appropriate, enter contractual arrangements for goods and services including:

  • Education
  • Partnerships and sponsorship
  • Consultancy
  • Rental use of kit, equipment and facilities.

It will also seek to look at grant and funding opportunities where it can deliver outcomes that benefit communities.

The British Esports Federation has leased a number of properties in Sunderland to enable the creation of the National Esports Performance Campus, which offer;

  • Classrooms
  • Esports bootcamp facilities
  • Gaming houses
  • Esports arena

Through these activities and resources, British Esports is dedicated to effectively supporting and growing the esports community.

The British Esports Federation are frequently on the lookout for volunteers to support our various activations from tournament administration, to content writing and casting.  Volunteering can be a great way to gain valuable hands on experience and exposure of multiple roles and opportunities available in esports.

Explore our latest Careers.

Our Advisory Board is composed of senior leaders from education, sports, video games, technology and esports.  

We do not accept open applications to become an Advisory Board Member at this stage.

Our Advisory Board was first established in 2016 to help provide advice and guidance on the various projects, pilots and initiatives of the British Esports Federation.

Our Advisory Board is governed by our Advisory Board Terms of Reference.

The British Esports Federation works with a range of leading Game Advisors to ensure we stay up to date with all the latest developments across a range of esports games and communities.

We accept open applications to join our collection of Game Advisors.

We welcome applications from fans, enthusiasts and players with strong connections to the gaming and esports community.

For more information and available roles, please visit Our Careers.

We broadcast our Student Champs fixtures and coverage of major events including the Commonwealth Esports Championships, the Global Esports Games, and other IOC and EOC sanctioned esports events.

Subscribe to Twitch or YouTube to stay up to date with all the latest streams, broadcast and other video content.

You can also catch all of the latest action via Watch.

British Esports is the recognised member of the Global Esports Federation (GEF) for Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland amd is responsible for the participation in the Global Esports Games, of athletes from GB and NI, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and UK Overseas Territories which are not members of GEF.  We manage the representation and participation of national esports teams in the Global Esports Games, Commonwealth Esports Championships, and other International, and European Olympic sanctioned events.

British Esports hosts a variety of qualification tournaments, showcase matches, and other competitions, designed to identify and discover the best British talent to compete on the international stage.

Visit the National Teams for more information.

The British Esports Federation provide expert esports consultancy and advice to governments, federations, associations, educational institutions, sports organisations, tournament organisers and more.

We speak to students, parents, teachers, amateur and professional esports athletes as well as esports teams.

If you’re keen to speak to one of our team, simply head on over to our Contact Us page and submit an enquiry.

The British Esports Federations works with an exclusive number of leading brands and sponsors throughout the world of technology, sport, finance, safeguarding, investment and more.  The partners and sponsors we work with are carefully curated and align with our vision and values.

If you’re interested in working with The British Esports Federation to supercharge the UK’s esports eco system, get in touch with our Partnerships Team.

As a not-for-profit, British Esports ploughs any revenue that is generated through various activations, straight back into the running of the federation.  The funding and sponsorship we secure helps fund a variety of projects and initiatives, from our Education Summit, to the UK’s leading amateur grassroots esports competition, the British Esports Student Champs.

Our funding comes through private investment, sponsorship and brand collaborations with an exclusive number of leading brands.

If you’re interested in working with British Esports to supercharge the UK’s esports eco-system, get in touch with our Partnerships Team.

British Esports work with an exclusive number of leading brands and sponsors throughout the world of technology, sport, finance, safeguarding, investment and more.  The partners and sponsors we work with are carefully curated and align with our vision and values.

If you’re interested in working with British Esports to supercharge the UK’s esports eco-system, get in touch with our Partnerships Team.

The British Esports Federation is a not for profit organisation.  We collaborate with a variety of  partners and sponsors committed to promoting the development of esports at all levels, from grassroots to education, well being, accessibility, diversity, career pathways, government, and policy.

Any revenue that the British Esports Federation generates is reinvested back into the federation to ensure the continued operations and success of British Esports on the national and international stage.

Discover more About British Esports.

As the national body, we’re at the forefront of grassroots esports, and represent the national interest on the global stage. 

Our award-winning team develops competitive grassroots video game tournaments for students at Secondary Schools, Further Education (FE) colleges and Alternative Provision (AP) schools, creates cutting edge esports curriculum, develops transferable skills and progression pathways in esports, creative, digital and STEM industries, and helps support infrastructure through building a state-of-the-art National Esports Performance Campus (NEPC), the UK’s most advanced esports and education performance centre, and a globally-recognised esports hub, capable of attracting and developing the UK’s very best esports and creative talent.

Committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in esports, we build projects and initiatives that showcase the potential of esports to bring about positive change in education and society as a whole.

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The British Esports Federation is a leading authority of competitive amateur esports and its integration within educational curricula. Empowering the competitive facet of amateur esports while seamlessly integrating educational frameworks, the British Esports Federation is a trailblazer in harnessing the potential of esports as a competitive sport and a valuable educational tool.

Championing nationwide amateur grassroots esports while representing national interests globally, our award winning team spearheads the development of competitive grassroots video game tournaments across secondary schools, further education colleges, and alternative provision schools.

Featuring the biggest esports games, hundreds of institutions and thousands of amateur esports athletes, British Esports has developed the definitive competitive gaming platform for aspiring esports athletes in early education.

Focused on nurturing talent and fostering community growth, British Esports is carving out pathways for amateur athletes from grassroots esports to national representation at medal based events.

The British Esports Federation represents national interests on the global stage and champions the development and investment in the UK’s esports infrastructure.

As the recognised member of the Global Esports Federation for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and founding member of the International Olympic Committee Esports and Gaming Liaison Group, British Esports is responsible for the selection and participation of athletes from GB and NI, The Isle of Man, The Channel Islands and UK Overseas Territories.

Developing cutting edge curriculum, we’ve pioneered the gamification of academic studies and classroom dynamics, launched award winning diversity and inclusivity initiatives, alongside the UK’s largest amateur grassroots esports tournament for competitive gamers in early education.

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