British Esports Association launches college and school esports tournament with Twitch Student
- The British Esports Championships begin in schools and colleges this October
- Students aged 12-19 can compete in three games including League of Legends
- The live finals are set to take place at the Insomnia gaming festival in Easter 2019
Beginning October 10 this year, students aged 12-19 can compete in a choice of three games – with one being League of Legends. The matches will last 90 minutes and will take place on afternoons after school or college to not interfere with classes or Wednesday afternoon sport.
The competition will run for two seasons with teams competing over eight weeks. The live finals are then planned to take place at Insomnia Gaming Festival next Spring (Easter 2019).
The British Esports Association are running esports tournaments for school and college kids
British Esports have partnered with AoC Sport (part of the Association of Colleges) and Twitch Student to help run the tournaments.
The latter is a program ran by Twitch which helps students learn how to livestream themselves gaming and supports them by rewarding them for reaching certain goals with free ‘swag’ and privileges such as subscription buttons and homepage promotions.
This expands Twitch Student’s reach to UK schools and colleges as well as universities and college in the States. Twitch Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mark ‘Garvey’ Candella, is proud of the partnership: ‘We and the British Esports Association share a belief in the ability of students to grasp the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in gaming and esports, while applying their education in new and innovative ways.’
Meanwhile Managing Director of AoC Sport, Marcus Kingwell interestingly believes esports can help kids get fit: ‘We see esports as a route to engaging inactive students in colleges and encouraging them to engage in physical activity.
‘We’re delighted to be working with the British Esports Association, ensuring that esports is properly managed in colleges and is part of a balanced lifestyle alongside education and physical activity.’
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