UK university esports body National Student Esports (NSE) and tournament organiser ESL have announced a new long-term partnership.
The partnership focuses on inspiring a future generation of esports pros, ‘strengthening the connection between universities and the wider esports ecosystem’ and ‘enriching Higher Education students’ path to professional careers within the esports industry’.
“Universities have always been a hub for the next generation of talent in any emerging industry and it’s no different for esports” said NSE executive director Jon Tilbury.
“We’re excited to work with ESL in creating opportunities for students whether they aspire to be a professional player, or working behind the scenes to produce some of the world’s biggest tournaments.”
“Universities have always been a hub for the next generation of talent in any emerging industry and it’s no different for esports.”
Jon Tilbury, NSE
“Working closely together is going to be crucial for future growth of the UK esports industry. We can’t wait to share more details very soon!”
The partnership between ESL and NSE grew from a workshop spearheaded by Intel, which provided a platform to discuss the UK Government’s support of esports. The previous Minister of State for the Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Margot James – a supporter of esports, led the inquiry.
NSE – set up last year – runs the British University Esports Championship for uni students. ESL hosts a range of tournaments globally and in the UK, including the ESL Premiership, ESL One Birmingham and more.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.