Behind the Home Nations – Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies

Behind the Home Nations – Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies

7 min read | 1 Aug 2022

Ahead of the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships this weekend, students at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham will be helping to put on a media event for the CEC.

We spoke to two students who are helping out with this event, and got their thoughts on the future of esports in the UK. 

Lewis Sanders and Aimee Kimpton are both students at Confetti and will be assisting guests with wayfinding throughout the event.

Aimee is studying Music Performance and Song Writing, whilst Lewis is currently undertaking the Level 3 Esports course.

Q. What are you most excited for in the upcoming CEC event?

Aimee: “I am most excited to see them play Rocket League as it is a game that I play myself!”

Lewis: “I am looking forward to getting to meet the players and staff of the event. I am also looking forward to expanding my esports knowledge by working on the event by learning skills that I might not have known. This also gives me more experience for my CV which is one of the most important things for me and I am also looking forward to helping the people around the event.”

Q. What skills do you believe are the most important to have when running an esports event of this scale?

Lewis: “I think social skills are one of the most important due to the fact that you have to speak to your team and the public so having this would make it a lot easier for you. Knowing esports is a bit basic but it’s important because without this you would not know as much about the event and would not be able to help staff or the public with any questions about the event.”

Q. Do you believe esports gets enough coverage in UK mainstream media?

Aimee: “I don’t believe esports does get enough coverage in the UK’s mainstream media although I would love to hear more about it through social media in particular.”

Lewis: “I don’t believe it does because it is not streamed on any major platforms. This is because the UK is in the development of growth for esports. This is because people have only just realized that it is something that is job related. But other times I think that it will grow because we have companies like British Esports and GEF helping to promote esports. I think that in the UK they promote more of the youth side of things compared to adults which is a good start because it is easier to promote esports for the younger people.”

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to get involved in esports, what would it be?

Aimee: “If I could give a piece of advice to someone wanting to get into esports it would be to work really hard to practice their trade.”

Lewis: “The main piece of advice that I would give them is to make contacts and research games. Contacts are one of the most important things because it is one of the quickest ways to get a job in the esports industry. Another way I suggest esports is to write and play games. This is because you are getting yourself knowledge about the job you want to work in and in esports writing about games is a good way because this helps with becoming a player.”

Q. Where do you see the CEC going in years to come?

Aimee: “In years to come, I hope to see the CEC on an even bigger scale than it already is.”

Lewis: “I think that it will be one of the biggest foundations for UK youth development because Confetti have invested a lot of money into Confetti X, so this is a start of how in the UK we can grow and make a bigger impact on people in schools to get inspired to get into esports.”

Q. What do you believe the future of esports will look like in the UK?

Aimee: “I think that the future of esports is going to be big. I already hear about it a lot more in the media than in the past and I think it is something that a lot of particularly younger generations are interested in.”

Lewis: “I believe that esports in the UK will be on the level of asian esports in the next couple of years, due to the fact that the UK government is investing a lot of time and money into esports because this is one of the biggest growing entertainment sports. I also think that it will be on the level of traditional sports because people are considering them to be the same, and I also think that esports will grow the British economy because people will be traveling the world to watch games – making local shops good money because people will need to buy food before games so depending where the ground is it will benefit local business too.”

Tickets are still available for the Commonwealth Esports Championships, happening on the 6th and 7th August 2022. You can purchase tickets here.

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