National Esports Performance Campus

The City of Sunderland is set to become the esports hub of the UK with the opening of the National Esports Performance Campus (NEPC) in 2023.

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    Our Campus

    The Arena

    The multi-purpose arena space, situated in front of the Stadium of Light, will feature the latest in digital and computing technology, including a 100-seater esports arena, training rooms, broadcast facilities, and much more.

    The Place

    Located in the heart of Sunderland, the creative and educational hub will feature classrooms, sim racing, and content production facilities, and much more.

    Gaming Houses

    The state-of-the-art gaming houses will provide accommodation for up to 25 people. The self-contained properties will feature separate living and leisure areas, and cutting-edge digital performance and gaming rooms.

    About Us

    British Esports 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.

    Latest News


    “Sunderland is a hugely ambitious city, and one that fully embraces the transformative power of digital to bring communities together, so it is fitting that a sport that is built on digital and technology is investing so significantly here.

    British Esports’ investment in Riverside Sunderland with its Performance Campus and in Sunniside with the gaming accommodation, fits perfectly with our regeneration programme, which is transforming both of these parts of the city centre, and we’re delighted to be working closely with them to support them with their plans.”
    Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council
    “We are proud to be making a significant investment in Sunderland and the North East with a new multi-site venue capable of attracting and developing the digital forward society of tomorrow.

    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.”
    Andy Payne OBE, Chair, British Esports

    More information

    If you have any questions regarding the National Esports Performance Campus (NEPC) or any British Esports initiatives in Sunderland, please reach out to our team at [email protected].