British Esports: In the news

British Esports: In the news

20 min read | 24 Feb 2022

British Esports is often contacted by the media – online publications, newspapers, radio and TV broadcasters – for our views on esports news and other games industry topics.

Here’s some of the latest coverage:

Featured News:

BBC – Birmingham 2022: Esports to be included as pilot event at Commonwealth Games

MailOnline – Commonwealth Games chiefs CONFIRM esports will be included as a pilot during Birmingham 2022 – and gaming could be a medal event at Games in 2026 to target younger market

ITV – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games introduces computer-based ‘esports’ as pilot event

The Guardian – Commonwealth esports championships to be held at Birmingham 2022

Sky News – Esports to be involved as a pilot event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

February 2022:

The biggest news announced in February was around the Commonwealth Esports Championship – with British Esports being involved in the process of development.

Evening Standard – Esports set to be test event for this summer’s Commonwealth Games

Esports Insider – 2022 Commonwealth Games to host pilot esports championship

PR Newswire – Inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships set for Birmingham

Inside the Games – First Commonwealth Esports Championships to be held at same time as Birmingham 2022

AP News – Inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships set for Birmingham

Birmingham Live – Esports to feature in 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and could be future medal discipline

The Mirror – 2022 Commonwealth Games to ‘host Esports event and it may become medal discipline by 2026’

Coverage was also on Sky News, ITV News and BBC Radio 4.

January 2022:

To start off the new year, British Esports announced the plans for the National Esports Performance Campus in Sunderland. This was picked up and highlighted by a lot of mainstream media, and was a great way to kick off 2022.

BBC – Sunderland car dealership to become esports campus

ITV – British Esports Association pick ‘welcoming’ and ‘connected’ Sunderland for national campus

Prolific North – Sunderland becomes home of National Esports Performance Campus – British Esports Association to open Sunderland campus

NME – A National Esports Performance Campus is opening in Sunderland

Inside the Games – British Esports Association to open state-of-the-art facility in Sunderland

GFinity – A National Esports Performance Campus Is Coming to Sunderland

Northern Echo – Sunderland to be home of esports with new performance campus

Business of Esports – British Esports Association To Open Esports Performance Campus In Sunderland

Esports Insider – British Esports Association to open National Esports Performance Campus in Sunderland

December 2021:

Ending the year with a bang, British Esports sent players to Singapore to represent the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland at the Global Esports Games. Everyone fought well, but the Dota 2 Women’s team came out with a silver medal following a very close match.

Esports News UK – Great Britain Dota 2 women’s team win silver medal at 2021 Global Esports Games

CGM – Great Britain Dota 2 Women’s Team Takes Home The Silver

SportsLumo – 2021 Global Esports Games: Great Britain Dota 2 women’s team win silver medal

Tech Game World – Dota 2’s English women’s team wins silver at the first 2021 Global Esports Games

Other news College of Esports partnership:

Invision Gaming – British Esports Partners with the College of Esports

European Gaming – British Esports Association Enters into Partnership with College of Esports

Upcomer – British Esports Association supports College of Esports business degrees

November 2021:

Esports took further steps to be integrated into the education sector this month, with British Esports joining forces with Bett in preparation for the event in 2022.

Esports Insider – British Esports Association and Bett join forces for Bett UK 2022

Upcomer – British Esports Association and Bett 2022 combine esports with education

Student Champs news:

Esports Insider – EPIC.LAN appointed tournament platform provider for British Esports Association

More 2021 News:

Burnley FC – Club supports World Esports Day (October 2021)

Last Word on Gaming – World Esports Day 2021 – Helping Bring Covid Vaccines to Developing Nations (October 2021)

EuroGamer – Second World Esports Day to raise money for COVAX (October 2021)

Invasion Gaming – Valorant added to British Esports Student Champs (September 2021) – British Esports Association launches Parent and Carer guide (August 2021)

Esports Insider – Women in Esports teams up with Dota Valkyries (August 2021) – Dota Valkyries announces partnership with Women in Esports and the Valkyrie Cup (August 2021)

York Press – ‘Cops vs Kids’ Esports pilot in York (August 2021)

EdTechnology – Get your head in the game: Scotland prepares to host first Esports in Education Conference (March 2021)

Biometric Update – British Esports partners with IBM, Yoti on biometric age verification (February 2021)

Daily Esports – First-ever Esports in Education Conference arriving in Scotland (February 2021)

Archived News:

Here, you will find coverage of British Esports in the news dating back to 2017.

Women in Esports partners with FaceIt – November 2020

Pearson Esports BTEC qualifications – April 2020

Archived TV Coverage:

CGTN – British Esports CEO Chester King spoke about the rise of 5G and how esports can benefit from it (July 2020)

BBC Breakfast/News/World News – Interviews with Elliot Bond, Head of Broadcast for British Esports (July 2019)

Sky News – Interview with Elliot Bond, Head of Broadcast (July 2019)

TRT World (Sky) – British Esports founder and CEO Chester King took part in an esports roundtable discussion show

BT Sport – Former British Esports Content Director Dominic Sacco was featured in this BT Sport Takeover show on esports.

BBC Look North – Barnsley College, which runs an esports course and also participates in the British Esports Championships, were featured on the BBC, as was British Esports’ Head of Operations Alice Leaman.

Reuters – Reuters reported from an AP school that took part in the British Esports Championships.

Archived Radio Coverage:

BBC Radio Manchester – Head of education Tom Dore spoke about gaming and esports during the covid-19 lockdown (April 2020)

BBC Radio 5 Live – Interview with Andy Payne OBE, British Esports chair, on the business of esports (July 2019)

BBC Radio Lancashire – Schools and colleges liaison officer Alice Leaman spoke about esports (September 2019)

BBC Radio Nottingham – Kyle Cherry, FE games technology tutor at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, which takes part in the British Esports Championships (July 2019)

BBC Radio Scotland – Tom Dore, British Esports head of education (July 2019)

Sky News Radio – Tom Dore, British Esports head of education (July 2019)

BBC Radio General News Service (11 regions including Leicester, Surrey, Wiltshire and more) – Tom Dore, British Esports head of education (July 2019)

Archived events:

British Esports regularly attends and speaks at various gaming, esports and industry events. Here are some highlights:

EGX 2019 – Dominic Sacco hosted a panel on getting a career in esports at the EGX Theatre, broadcast live on Twitch, and was also interviewed by BT Sport. The panel consisted of British Esports advisory board member Mary Antieul, game adviser Mike ‘Gregan’ Ellis, British Esports’ Head of Operations Alice Leaman, and Excel Esports co-founder Kieran Holmes-Darby.



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