Staffordshire University esports team reach UE Masters Grand Final, will compete to become European champions

Staffordshire University UE Masters grand finalists 2024

A team of UK-based students from Staffordshire University will compete to become the European champion of University Esports Masters (UE Masters) next month.

The players, part of the Korean Pop Superstars (KPS) team, have qualified for the European Grand Final of the UE Masters tournament.

They will be looking to beat the all-Ukrainian team from the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine (NUPESU) in Valorant on July 14th 2024. This will be broadcast on the UE Masters Twitch channel.

The UE Masters is the largest esports competition between universities globally. It’s the season finale of University Esports, a global project involving more than 100,000 students from all over the world.

Staffs Uni’s team consists of UK players dashh and Zion, as well as Ireland’s Diarmuid, Lithuanian player nukez and Malaysian player zen.

First place will take €2,500, while the runners-up will receive €1,500.

Another UK university, Nottingham Trent University, finished in third place in the Valorant tournament, receiving €1,000, while TU Dublin finished 5th-6th.

And in Rocket League, Roehampton Esports Black finished third.

The news comes after UK and Ireland universities reached the European University Esports Masters 2024 playoffs stage.

Staffordshire University was the first to offer an esports degree in the UK, and last month Staffs Uni opened its new £2m+ esports facilities in Stoke-on-Trent.

UE Masters, supported by Riot Games, is the conclusion of the University Esports season, a global program with a presence in 26 countries on four continents and involving more than 100,000 students from 2,000 universities.

Per a University Esports press release: “The main objectives of University Esports are to create a sense of community among players from all over Europe, to give them the opportunity to compete in high quality international tournaments and to provide avenues for young people to develop a career within the esports world, as well as to find a place to learn and enhance their skills.”

In the UK and Ireland, University Esports, a project organized by NUEL (a GGTech Entertainment company), has celebrated its 13th season. The winners of its Winter Split, such as Staffordshire University, have been the national representatives in the current edition of UE Masters.

Last year, the University Esports Masters 2023 finals took place in Nottingham, with German and Turkish teams on top.

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