The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, has partnered with university esports body organisation the NUEL to host its online finals.
The British Esports Championships 2019/20 grand finals will see the UK’s best schools and college teams face-off in April across three different games.
The NUEL will be handling production and broadcast duties for the event, which was previously due to take place at Insomnia Gaming Festival and has been made online-only following the festival’s cancellation.
For the 2019/20 year, school and college teams across the UK have been battling it out across two seasons: Winter 2019 and Spring 2020.
The winning teams from each season will now face one another in the ultimate showdown at the grand finals, with the overall champions in each game receiving a trophy, in-game prizes, special jerseys and coaching from professional esports organisations.
Excel Esports will coach the winning League of Legends team, British Hurricane in Overwatch and former Team Vitality coach Mike ‘Gregan’ Ellis in Rocket League.
The three grand finals are as follows:
- Overwatch, Friday April 24th, 3pm:
Sunderland Seers (Sunderland College) vs Farnborough Peregrines (Farnborough 6th Form)
- League of Legends, Saturday April 25th, 3pm:
BTC (Bridgwater & Taunton College) vs Hills Road Cretn (Hills Road Sixth Form)
Rocket League, Sunday April 26th, 3pm:
Clyde Hot Shots (Glasgow Clyde College) vs Sunderland Seers (Sunderland College)
League of Legends will be a best-of-three, Overwatch will be a best-of-five and Rocket League will be a best-of-seven.
The online British Esports Championships broadcast will contain the live matches, plus thoughts from participants and other pieces of content around the Championships.
Host: Terry ‘Servitude’ May
Becca ‘Yokai’ Forester
Phil ‘BiggHungryPhill’ Moxley
Observer: Harrison ‘Hariboe’ Barber-Scargill
League of Legends:
Host: Yinsu Collins
James ‘The Governor’ Gove
Stan ‘Greyhart’ Barker
Additional talent: Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett may be on board as host/analyst.
Host: Michael ‘Gregan’ Ellis
Layla ‘TamashiiKanjou’ Abbott
Nathan ‘Squark’ Badger
Key moments video editor:
Saul ‘Spyran’ Parsons
Andy Payne OBE, British Esports Association chair, commented: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with the NUEL to bring our grand finals online and I can’t wait to see the broadcast.
“Josh [Williams, founder of the NUEL] has been on the British Esports advisory board for some time now and Tasha [Jones, the NUEL creative director] has previously worked for us, so they understand our values well and have done some excellent work over the years. We thank them deeply for their support and we’re sure the second grand finals will be a fantastic competitive event following our inaugural finals last year.”
Josh Williams founder of the NUEL, added: “The work the British Esports Association does to help enable more young people to participate in esports is critical to the future success of the industry.
“We’re keen to ensure that the best upcoming British talent gets the spotlight they deserve, so we’re excited to work together to support the broadcast of the upcoming British Esports Championship grand finals.”
Viewers can watch all the action live via the British Esports Twitch channel from April 24th at 3pm at twitch.tv/britishesports
About the British Esports Association
The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK.
As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports and is not a governing body.
The Association helps educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and what its benefits are. Its three goals are to Promote, Improve and Inspire.
About the NUEL
The NUEL is a prominent university esports association in the UK that allows students to take part in a variety of tournaments.
It was set up in 2010 when it created the first ever National University Esports League. Since then, it has seen thousands of students represent their university and has supported them to form societies and create events around esports.
The NUEL is here to benefit students who enjoy esports or want to make a difference to help grow the industry.