The British Esports Championships is a competitive video gaming competition for students aged 12+ in schools and colleges across the UK.

Register your interest in the next Championships – starting September 2020 – here

Not-for-profit organisation the British Esports Association has partnered with the Twitch Student Program and AoC Sport (part of the Association of Colleges) for the Championships to allow students to represent their schools and colleges in weekly matches every Wednesday afternoon. 

The Championships are open to all secondary schools, Further Education (FE) Colleges and Alternative Provision (AP) schools in the UK and are PC-based.

Esports is an exciting team activity proven to help improve social skills, behaviour and cognition, as well as leadership and communication skills. It also has links to computing education, STEM subjects and the development of digital skills.

Each school or college is allowed to enter teams for three different games:

  • 5v5 League of Legends: multiplayer online battle arena game (PEGI 12 age rating)
  • 6v6 Overwatch: a vibrant first-person shooter (PEGI 12)
  • 3v3 Rocket League: football with rocket-powered cars (PEGI 3)

The first season began in October 2018 and the Spring 2020 Grand Finals took place in April 2020. You can see the 2019/20 British Esports Championships winners and watch highlights here.

This followed a successful pilot which took place in schools and colleges in early 2018.

This page contains all the other info you’ll need to know, including our handy downloadable guide and link to rulesets here

To sign-up to future Championships when registration is open again, click here.

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Key info and rule book for teachers and students: Download our handy guide

You can view our download this handy PDF deck which runs through everything from format, to timings, PC specifications, safeguarding, info on funding, team jerseys, Twitch Student, the benefits of esports and more, including the rule book and code of conduct. It is regularly updated.

Download the Championships PDF deck updated for the 2019/2020 Championships here.

There’s also a smaller, two-page lite version here more suitable for printing.

FAQ guide

The first British Esports Championships for schools and colleges consists of two seasons – Winter and Spring. 

But what are the full details? Do you have a question you want answered?

Here in this FAQ guide we aim to answer all your frequently asked questions.

Do you have a question you want answered? Please email us here or DM British Esports on Twitter

What else students need to know

If you’re a student aged 12+ interested in taking part in the British Esports Championships for schools, colleges or Alternative Provision schools, here’s some of the key info you need to know.

There’s info here on how to enter, what you should tell your teacher(s) about the Championships, Twitch Student details and so on.

Read our article: What students need to know

Content creation guide for participants

Are you taking part in the British Esports Championships and have an interesting story to tell?

Maybe you want to let everyone know about an epic play you made. Perhaps you’re not a player but still want to get involved somehow, or give your school or college’s esports operations some positive PR/coverage. 

Read our content creation guide here

Findings from our Rocket League tournament for Alternative Provision Schools

This Rocket League tournament for Alternative Provision (AP) schools demonstrated how esports can be used to motivate and engage young people and facilitate positive character development.

The AP Championships took place as a standalone tournament in February and March 2019. It followed a successful pilot that took place in four pupil referral units in 2018 which demonstrated positive changes in behaviour of the students taking part. It was free for the schools to enter.

System builders PC Specialist and Fierce PC kindly agreed to loan 12 high specification gaming PCs each, while digital download platform Green Man Gaming supplied free copies of Rocket League. This meant the eight AP Schools that took part each received three systems and three Rocket League licenses at no cost.

Read the full findings and learnings from the AP Schools Champs downloadable report here.

What do students think of the Championships?

With the British Esports Championships pilot now over, we asked students from colleges and schools what they thought of it. 

You can hear their thoughts in the video to the right. For more thoughts and feedback from students and teachers, read our pilot findings report here.

You can also hear what college students at Coleg Gwent had to say about the British Esports Championships in early 2019 here.

British Esports partners with Raven.GG to offer team jerseys to schools and colleges

Teams taking part in the British Esports Championships for schools and colleges have the option to get a custom jersey designed and made through Raven.GG. Full details here.

What does a typical PC cost?

Want to know what a new PC might cost before you buy a few to take part in the Championships? Check out our example PC build page here.

You can also build your own – check out our video on how to build a gaming PC here.

What we learnt from our pilot tournament

The British Esports Association held an initial Championships pilot across three different types of educational institution from February to April 2018: Four secondary schools, eight further education colleges and four alternative provision schools.

It was the first grassroots esports tournament of its kind for colleges in the UK. The pilot included three games: League of Legends, Overwatch and Project CARS 2.

Teams played against each other in competitive leagues, with weekly scheduled fixtures similar to traditional sports. There were two stages: a group stage with a league table followed by knockout-style playoffs. The pilot Championships were eventually won by Solihull School and Sunderland College.

Online safety was paramount. The pilot was a closed community with only those institutions registered for the pilot able to use the platform. Secure, unique log-ins were provided to each school or college. The pilot secured great PR coverage for the Championships and individual colleges and schools, with the BBC, Sky News and many more covering the pilot.

Read the full findings and learnings from the pilot in our downloadable PDF/magazine report here.

Twitch Student Program

The Twitch Student Program helps schools, colleges and universities learn how to stream so that friends, parents and others can watch their matches and other gaming activities live online. It’s integrated within the British Esports Championships so that colleges and schools can gain access to it and its benefits.

Read more in the official Twitch Student deck here:

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