The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, has appointed three new advisory board members.
The British Esports Advisory Board meets quarterly and discusses areas of development and focus for the Association, as well as getting involved with some of its activities and speaking at industry events.
The new members are:
- Ramesh Singh (pictured left)
- Dr Maria Stukoff (centre)
- Professor Andy Miah (right)
Ramesh Singh, also known as Rams or r2k, is a senior lecturer in esports at the University of Chichester. He is a former pro player with an extensive track record, having won several tournaments in Quake 3 and participated in other games including Trackmania, Battlefield and others for teams such as Dignitas. He has also worked as a host and on events for companies such as Razer, Ginx TV, HyperX and Scan Computers.
Dr Maria Stukoff is a director at Maker Space at the University of Salford, a new digital technology hub set up to foster real-world STEM skills. She is the co-chair of the Esports Industry Collaboration programme building industry partnerships including non-endemic brands, and is also a board member at #InnovateHer, empowering girls to be tech and industry-ready. She is also a Games Skills Council member at ScreenSkills.
Maria is well known for her work in the videogame industry in her former role as Head of PlayStationFirst, the Academic Development Programme at Sony Interactive Entertainment. She was also a founding member of the Next Gen Skills Academy.
Professor Andy Miah, also co-chair of the Esports Industry Collaboration programme at the University of Salford Manchester, has been researching into the relationship between digital technologies and sport. He is in the school of science, engineering and environment, and has worked globally to position esports within conversations about the future of digital leisure and physical activity. He has also worked with the International Sports Federation and the International Olympic Committee to build relationships between esports and sports.
The newcomers join after Carleigh Morgan and Heather Dower step down from the board. The British Esports Association thanks them for their valuable contribution.
Dr Maria Stukoff commented: “We are delighted that Salford University joins the British Esports Association’s Advisory Board and helps promote the full spectrum of opportunities that connects the esports industry with fresh academic insights.”
Ramesh Singh added: “I’m delighted to be part of the British Esports Association representing the University of Chichester and esports from an educational side. As the first former professional gamer to come into this space, it’s an amazing challenge and I look forward to bringing that to association.”
The British Esports Association has also brought on board new game advisers, who provide input and expertise to help the Association understand each game’s developments and its community effectively. They also get involved with our activities and give talks to students and more.
Ramesh will also act as a Quake game adviser for the Association.
Other new game advisers include the following, with the full list to be confirmed over the coming weeks:
- Jack ‘Wacko’ Middleton, Apex Legends
- Yinsu Collins, League of Legends
- Ted ‘TotesTedley’ Allen, Rainbow Six Siege
- Brian ‘BrianSCO’ Thomson, Street Fighter
- Ben Rogers, Clash Royale
- Sami Cetin, Super Mario Kart
British Esports chair Andy Payne OBE said: “We are delighted to bring on board some great new Advisory Board members and game advisers to the Association and thank all of our outgoing members.
“We look forward to working together in 2020 and beyond to deliver some of the projects outlined in our recent Vision 2022 document.”
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.
For press enquiries or for more information please contact the British Esports Association at [email protected]
Dominic Sacco, content director