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 on to find out how you can make a name for yourself and get your story out to thousands of British Esports Association’s followers, esports industry insiders and more.

The best pieces of content will be shared via our following platforms: 

Of course, you’re very welcome to share content on your own channels, we are happy to retweet and share where possible.

 

Types of content

There are many types of content you can produce. Below are some suggestions (read on for separate advice on each section): 

  1. Top plays
  2. Interviews/profile pieces
  3. Match reports/blog posts
  4. Sharing pictures 
  5. Streaming/video/VoDs

 

1. Top plays: How to get featured in the British Esports Championships Play of the Week!

For the upcoming season of the British Esports Championships we are introducing the top three plays of the week. This is where we take your best moments as a team or an individual in game and post across our YouTube and social media channels. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91wiAh9aeQQ 

Simply send your video files to this google drive folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ssuc0dnutRZCUZqiuRejS6gLEY9fssPL  

Please make sure you put the files in the correct game and date folders, and that the files are in video format (like .mp4), not .webm or anything like that.

Name the file with your team name first, who you were playing against next and then the match date (and if you like, feel free to include the name of the player(s)/champion(s) who made the play.

For example: ‘Farnborough Falcons vs Seers – Nov 6th – Joe Bloggs as Thresh’

Please make sure you upload these by end of play Friday each week so we can get the highlights out the following Monday. Team British Esports will pick our favourite plays per game.

You can use different software to grab clips, e.g PlaysTV or Microsoft Game Bar. To use the latter on Windows 10 PCs, hold down the Windows key then press ‘G’. Click the record button to begin or end your recording. Go into the ‘video’ folder on your PC, then the ‘captures’ folder to find your recordings there.

Alternatively, there’s more info per game below:

 

Overwatch

  • Open the Battle.net app.
  • Load Overwatch.
  • Click “Highlights” in the main menu. This is where the highlights from your recent games are kept automatically.
  • To make your own custom highlights, you can press a capture key in game and it will remember that section of gameplay, saving it into a 12 second clip. You can also make highlights from past replays.
  • Find the specific clip you want to save (you can preview a highlight in game by clicking on the picture).
  • Once chosen, click on “save” below the specific highlight. 
  • Name your highlight something specific for your school/college so we know who to congratulate on the great play!
  •  To change the settings of the highlight video, click on the cog on the right hand side to alter any details, e.g. frame rate, quality, toggle music on or off, and the resolution of the video.
  • To finalise, click save. 
  • On the main highlights screen, just under “saved highlights”, this shows where you have the highlights saved on your computer. To change this save location, follow these steps.
  • Find the highlight in your computer documents and send to us!

More info: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/23000187/introducing-overwatch-replays-see-your-past-games-from-new-perspectives 

 

Rocket League

  • Sign into Steam
  • Load Rocket League
  • Once you’re on the Main Menu click ‘Extras’ 
  • Click ‘View Replays’
  • Once you’re on the game, make a note of the time stamp when the play happened
  • To grab the downloadable files, type the following into your ‘My Documents’ URL bar and press ‘enter’: %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Rocket League\TAGame\Demos

As shown in the picture below: 

  • Rename it and send on to us

 

League of Legends

  • Load and login to the League of Legends client
  • Click ‘Profile’ at the top
  • Click ‘Match history’ 
  • Find the match where you made the play
  • Click the download icon to the right of the match, then click it again to play the replay
  • Find the particular moment you want to capture and click the record button near the bottom left, then click it again to stop recording
  • Press ‘escape’ and ‘exit game’
  • Back in client, click ‘profile’ again, then ‘highlights’
  • Click on the folder icon on the correct play
  • This will open the highlights file folder
  • Find the correct file and use a program to convert it to MP4
  • Rename it and send on to us (see below)

There’s also a good video guide here: https://youtu.be/x3jIog5CDWg 

If you have difficulty with the above, we suggest using PlaysTV, or Microsoft Game Bar to take recordings of your in-game replays. To use the latter on Windows 10 PCs, hold down the Windows key then press ‘G’. Click the record button to begin or end your recording. Go into the ‘video’ folder on your PC, then the ‘captures’ folder to find your recordings there.

 

Sending clips in to us

Remember, please make sure you put the files in the correct game and date folders, and that the files are in video format (like .mp4), not .webm or anything like that.

Name the file with your team name first, who you were playing against next and then the match date (and if you like, feel free to include the name of the player(s)/champion(s) who made the play.

For example: ‘Farnborough Falcons vs Seers – Nov 6th – Joe Bloggs as Thresh’

Then simply send your video files to this google drive folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ssuc0dnutRZCUZqiuRejS6gLEY9fssPL  

 

Share your own clips

We want everyone to have fun in the Championships, whether you make a Play of the Week or not. Why not share your own clips on socials? Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BritishEsportsChamps 

 

 

2. Interviews/profile pieces

Interviews and team profiles can be a great way of illustrating your team’s personality and celebrating the different characters that form it.

During the Championships season, text-based Q&A interviews tend to work best, and we usually conduct video interviews with the teams at the live finals each April. You could also conduct an interview with a teacher, or get your teacher to interview your team!

Examples: 

 

How to be interviewed

Feel free to answer the following and send your answers to info@britishesports.org along with any images you’d like to share – a team photo would be ideal.

There is no strict word limit, but aiming for more than 400 words and less than 1,000 can act as a rough guide.

  • Please tell us about your team name, why it’s called that and a bit about the logo (if you have one)
  • Which games do you participate in?
  • Who are the players in your team? (names would be great please, for each team, plus a bit about each person and their role in the team)
  • Tell us about your practicing methods
  • What’s the most memorable or funniest moment in the team so far
  • What’s the hardest part about working as a team?
  • What are your general thoughts on the British Esports Championships? Why are you taking part?
  • What have you learnt from the Championships so far?
  • What are your aims in the Championships this year? 
  • Have you enjoyed playing a specific team in particular? What do you make of the other teams so far?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?
  • Please supply a team picture/room picture if possible

You can also share any third-party interview coverage you receive elsewhere using our #coverage channel on the British Esports Championships Discord server.

 

3. Match reports/blog posts

Writing an article can help keep those interested in your team updated with the latest developments.

Many in esports prefer to watch a VoD than read a match report, but written content can provide a good way of growing your website or blog or social page (e.g. via a Twitlonger post). 

Blog posts and opinion pieces provide more of a personal touch and allow readers to identify with or learn from you, or just enjoy a good read.

Maybe you’d like to write about how you formed your team, or a particular match that went well, or how parents and teachers have changed their views towards esports after seeing your school or college get involved. Maybe you could ask them to write something!

Some examples: 

Please email your reports and blog posts to info@britishesports.org along with a suitable image or two

 

4. Sharing pictures

This is a very quick and easy way of showing off your team, your esports area or facility or a victory image after a recent match. You might want to share an image of your teacher and the team, or friends and fans coming to watch you play.

Maybe your team or a player met someone in esports, got involved with some cosplay or attended a gaming event in the UK.

Please tag us in your photos using the #BritishEsportsChamps hashtag and our profiles below:

Before sending us or sharing images, please get permission from everyone on the team as well as your teacher. If you’re under 18 we’ll also need permission from your parent or guardian. Please ask them to fill in this photo permission form and send it back to us along with your photo(s).

We may use some images to promote our Championships in the future or share them with mainstream press (such as news websites or newspapers). We will always aim to check with you first. Please let us know if you do not want us to share any images when you send them in to us, as that will save time.

 

5. Streaming/video/VoDs

If you have other videos to share, outside of your top plays, please share on your socials and tag us in them using the #BritishEsportsChamps hashtag and our profiles below:

For streaming, contact Twitch Student for direct advice and check out this moderating guide for Twitch here.

You can also share any coverage you receive elsewhere using our #coverage channel on the British Esports Championships Discord server.

We’re happy to share streams on our socials and other channels.

Good luck and have fun!

If you have any questions, please ask us at champs@britishesports.org