Dominic Sacco and Ryan McVean take a look at some of the British academic establishments exploring esports (updated as of June 2019).

With more and more esports jobs cropping up around the world, educational establishments are starting to catch on.

For years, some colleges in North America have been offering scholarships in esports, and now UK colleges and universities are offering esports courses – or integrating esports into their existing ones.






More esports initiatives within education

Other third-parties are looking at getting involved in esports courses in the UK to help train up and coming talent.

Of course, the British Esports Association has its own Championships for schools and colleges.

And there’s the brilliant Digital Schoolhouse tournament by UK games industry trade body Ukie.

The Prince’s Trust also backed an esports workshop course dedicated on teaching skills through esports. This helped unemployed young adults learn new skills and access new opportunities. The group behind it, EOB Esports Academy, is doing more in the esports space too.

Then there’s the National University Esports League (NUEL), a group focused on bringing nationwide varsity competition to the UK, holding national championships for many top games including League of legends and Counter-Strike, and National Student Esports (NSE), which launched in April 2018 and is also hosting university esports tournaments.


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