UPDATE (November 30th 2020): Edinburgh College have won the very first Scottish College Cup in Rocket League, beating Inverness College!
Your winners of the Scottish College Cup 2020 are @edinburghcoll 🏴🏆
— British Esports Association (@British_Esports) November 29, 2020
Original article (published November 19th 2020):
The British Esports Association is proud to announce an annual competition for colleges across Scotland, in partnership with the College Development Network and Rocket Kingdom TV.
The Scottish College Cup will take place on Saturday November 28th and Sunday 29th, allowing college students in Scotland to compete for the title of the best student Rocket League team in the country.
Teams will be split into two groups of four to determine their seeding for the playoffs stage. Then both groups will merge into one bracket and battle it out to become Scottish Champions.
The group stage will take place on November 28th from 1pm GMT and the playoffs will get underway on November 29th from 1pm.
This tournament has been organised by British Esports Association Scotland Representative Mark McCready and College Development Network Digital & Innovations Lead, Kenji Lamb.
The Scottish College Cup aims to provide an avenue for Scottish colleges to learn more about esports and the benefits for students to get involved within an education setting. It is the first instalment of what will become an annual competition amongst Scottish colleges.
The majority of games from Group A will be streamed via the British Esports Association Twitch Channel, as will the Championship Final.
The team at Rocket Kingdom TV will help produce both streams, and will be hosting their own stream of Group B on the Rocket Kingdom TV Twitch channel.
The eight participating colleges are as follows:
- Ayrshire College
- Dundee & Angus College
- Edinburgh College
- Fife College
- Forth Valley College
- Glasgow Clyde College
- Inverness College UHI
- West College Scotland
Teams were invited to participate in the competition.
The British Esports stream will be hosted and cast by CraftmanRL and Astral, while the Rocket Kingdom TV stream will be handled by Solarr and Zappa, a former Glasgow Clyde College student and British Esports Championships finalist.
Mark McCready, Scotland Representative at the British Esports Association, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for students to compete for their college across Scotland. Organising the first national college esports competition in Scotland is a great development for the industry. Scotland has produced some fantastic players, particularly world champion Rocket League players, and that really helps to pave the way for upcoming talent.
“I look forward to the Scottish College Cup and what it has to offer, particularly for the years to come, and can’t wait to see you all on stream!”
Kenji Lamb, Digital and Innovation Lead at CDN, added: “CDN is excited to be partnering with British Esports on Scotland’s first inter-college esports championship. It will be great to watch the teams battling it out to win the cup.
“It’s not just the competition though, it’s everything that comes along with it: the gaming societies being formed; communities of students engaging with their institutions and each other; and the skills we pick up when we learn, work and play together.”
For the next Scottish College Cup, the focus is to expand upon the current college teams and introduce others into the competition while supporting colleges in the British Esports Championships.
In addition, there may be other titles added to the next Scottish College Cup, to allow more students to get involved.
British Esports will also ensure each team has a member of staff involved to act as a point of contact and represent their students.
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 College Development Network
CDN leads on innovation, creating CPD opportunities and sharing best practice.
Its vision of leading, creating and sharing across learning is supported by its key values and aspiration to be the ‘go to’ organisation for anyone involved in Scotland’s college sector.
About Rocket Kingdom TV
Rocket Kingdom is a Rocket League community founded in March 2019 by a group of the UK’s most experienced Rocket League event organisers.
Its goal is to help promote and broadcast existing UK Rocket League events, as well as make its own contribution to the scene in the form of RKNC – the UK and Ireland’s Premier Rocket League Championship.
Rocket Kingdom TV also has a presence in the wider European scene by organising tournaments such as the DRL x RK Weekly, in addition to acting as a secondary broadcaster for a range of events such as the Rocket League Spring Series and EURC.