The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit national body established in 2016 to promote esports in the UK, increase its level of awareness, improve standards and inspire future talent.

As a national body, focused on the grassroots level of esports (but not a governing body), we’ve held many initiatives in the few years we’ve been running.

Here we list some of our major developments and achievements in a handy timeline, which we’ll update going forwards.

Please note, there’s a lot of work we do not mentioned below. We tried to focus on the main milestones and developments.

Our three goals are to:

  • Promote esports in the UK and increase its level of awareness
  • Improve the standard of UK esports
  • Inspire future talent

See more about British Esports here and our media coverage here

Received letter from UK Government, giving authority for the Association to be established

January 2016

This was received after we made presentations at No.10 to seek their permission (please note British Esports is NOT government funded or operated).

British Esports Association Limited formed by Companies House

March 2016

Website launched, offering careers advice and key info

December 2016
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Game advisers announced

Children's esports library club pilot

Revised mission statement

June 2017

To promote, improve and inspire (read more about the association)

Rt. Hon. Ed Vaizey MP appointed Vice Chair

First weekly newsletter, esports age guide and benefits of esports documents published

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First British Esports Championships grand finals hosted at Insomnia

Joined the IOC’s esports and gaming liaison group

April 2019

Partnered with pro teams to offer coaching to student champions

April 2019

British Esports LoL champions receive coaching at Excel Esports’ professional training facility

Rocket League champions received coaching from top Rocket League coach Gregan, and Overwatch players received coaching from British Hurricane, London Spitfire’s academy team

Further Education Forum hosted at Sixways Stadium

New staff hired

June 2019

Morgan, Alice and Elliot join (with Gary and Mark joining a few months later). These appointments followed Dave Martin’s arrival.

Record number of students sign up to British Esports Championships

October 2019

Read more

Outlined vision for next three years

Attended World Skills 2019

November 2019

Montage video

Women in Esports campaign announced

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Joined the European Esports Federation as an associate member

February 2020

Women in Esports Committee announced

World’s first BTEC qualification in esports announced

Helped organise first World Esports Day

October 24th 2020

Scottish College Cup launched

Teamed up with British Basketball to represent GB in NBA 2K

See the latest British Esports news and press releases and videos here