Update: This event is now over. It was a real success, attracting more than 3,000 people!
Original article: The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, has teamed up with British defence and security experts QinetiQ for a special event in London.
The Science Museum will be hosting a free event for over 18s on September 25th from 6.45pm to 10pm looking at the world of cyber security and esports. It will ask the question: Could the future of online security come from the exciting and growing world of competitive video gaming?
Attendees will be able to take part in casual Rocket League matches, commentated by British Esports volunteers, and find out how gaming can facilitate career pathways in the world of cyber security and the wider tech sphere.
It’s part of a larger Lates event titled Top Secret, exploring the world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications that QinetiQ is sponsoring.
Recent research has found that competitive gaming has numerous benefits, including the development of cognitive skills, reaction times, leadership and communication skills, problem-solving skills, character development – even behaviour and attendance levels at schools.
Cyber security professionals, or information security analysts, have a wide range of responsibilities, but the crux of their job is to protect online data from being compromised. As more personal information is stored online, the more important it becomes to step up security. And firms like QinetiQ are looking to the digital-savvy gaming community for the next generation of security talent.
Chester King, CEO of the British Esports Association, said: “We’re excited to partner with QinetiQ and explore the parallels between esports and cyber security, and how it may be a career path for gamers.
“Rocket League is a great way of engaging an audience and we look forward to seeing many of you getting involved on the night.”
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.
QinetiQ (QQ.L) is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and critical infrastructure markets.
It works in partnership with its customers to solve real world problems through innovative solutions delivering operational and competitive advantage.
About the Science Museum
The Science Museum aims to inspire visitors with award-winning exhibitions, iconic objects and stories of incredible scientific achievement.
The Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical advancement from across the globe.
For press enquiries or for more information please contact the British Esports Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominic Sacco, content director