While students get their A-level results, NSE is launching a community platform to promote esports activity at universities across the country
- Students can use the NSE platform to find out what’s happening at their uni
- It will also have curated esports content from student creators and journalists
- NSE’s aim is to promote grassroots esports, with roles going beyond players
The launch is coinciding with students getting their A-level results and finding out which universities they’ll be going to. The platform will be able to outline information about esports activity at their chosen university.
It’s not just for new students though, as it will also be useful to existing students wanting to find out more. Plus, it’ll be useful for university staff and stakeholders in developing esports at their institution.
The National Student Esports online hub will be used to help promote grassroots esports
The new platform will be useful for those seeking to play in tournaments, but NSE is also keen to promote other aspects of the esports industry as well. Roles such as content creators, event managers, marketing, and so on.
There will be a suite of tools to help students manage their esports presence at their university, as well as giving them a platform to get their content out there. Streamers and journalists can have their work promoted for others to see.
The website will also have a searchable directory of universities with profile pages managed by student leaders. Information such as teams, achievements, notable alumni, and more will all be available.
‘University is often a time to explore and develop skills that ultimately influence career choices and success,’ said the NSE announcement. ‘The platform provides a home for content detailing the careers of industry leaders in the video games space to help students understand the roles and career paths available, from event management to development, journalism and marketing.
‘As well as providing key info for students, the platform will offer students and university administrators helpful resources and guidance such as policy templates for societies, tools to help universities develop esports spaces and information on relevant deals and discounts.’
The platform will feature curated content from esports players, streamers, and journalists
NSE was set up in May by Benchmark, with support from British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).
‘The university esports scene in the UK is a thriving and dynamic ecosystem that’s expanding rapidly. We want to give that community a space to achieve their goals and create a foundation for achieving our own vision of creating the best university esports experience worldwide. Our platform is a means to do that by promoting connectivity and accessibility without trying to change the way people do things.’ said Jonathan Tilbury, Executive Director of NSE.
‘Industry insight and careers advice is also an important part of the platform, and NSE as an organisation. A lot of students might want to be casters or referees, or work in production, and we want to give them the tools and knowledge to pursue that. We also want the platform to help educate university staff, as well as other stakeholders, to encourage investment into societies and students and develop the future of university esports.’
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