Esports Roundup: Aston, Warwick, GUILD, and British Esports Association

Hello friends!

Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Esports round-up! This week, Aston Apes announce a League of Legends tournament, Guild announces a VALORANT tournament and British Esports open a “game-changing” esports performance campus. I’ll also be bringing you more news on Warwick Uni’s awesome typing tournament!

If you have an esports story that you would like us to feature, email mat@geekybrummie.com.

  1. Aston Announces League of Legends Series
  2. Sign-ups for Guild’s Valorant Tournament Are Live
  3. British Esports Association Open “game-changing” National Esports Performance Campus
  4. More Details On Warwick Esports Typing Tournament Finals Revealed

Aston Announce League of Legends Series

Aston League of Legends Esports
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Aston University is kicking off its 2022 calendar with a League of Legends tournament. The tournament will be held on Sunday 30th January and is open to all Aston University Students. Aston University is kicking off its 2022 calendar with a League of Legends tournament. The tournament will be held on Sunday 30th January and is open to all Aston University Students.

About the tournament

The tournament, supported by National University Esports League (NUEL), will take place over the course of one Sunday, starting at 1 pm and finishing with a grand final at 9 pm.

The tournament will feature an elite level of gameplay which will provide new players with a chance to learn from more experienced ones over the course of the day. There will also be a losers bracket, adding more games to the competition and more opportunities for students to play.

The competition will be professionally streamed via Aston Apes Twitch Channel by two fan-favourite casters Peter Hartnell and Callum Iles.

Aston’s competition has already seen over 50 sign-ups including 9 high-level NUEL players. Some of the university’s rising stars including Rohan Hussain and Mohammed El-han.

Showcasing Esports Talent at Aston Uni

Aston Esports comment in their press release: “Ultimately, our goal for hosting these tournaments is to showcase all the talent we hold at Aston University, while also providing an escape from stressful home, work, or university situations.”

“Nothing beats the feeling on the day of the tournament when everyone is playing against each other, having a good time, and meeting students they would never normally play with.”

Overall, this is shaping up to be an exciting tournament and a great start to Aston’s 2022 calendar. Best of luck to all students taking part. The competition will be live-streamed here from 9 am 30th January 2022 twitchtv/astonapes.

Sign Ups for Guild’s VALORANT Tournament Are Live

Guild Academy Esports
(image credit: Guild Esports)

Sign-ups for Guild’s VALORANT tournament are now live. The UK-leading esports organisation announced the tournament as the first of its Guild Academy series of 2022.

The tournament will feature over 32 teams battling it out in 5v5 matches over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022. First prize is €500, followed by €250 for second place and €100 for third and fourth places.

Any teams wishing to compete will need to head over to Guild’s website and sign up. The competition will be streamed on Twitch via the Guild Esports official channel here.

British Esports Open “game-changing” National Esports Performance Campus

British Esports Association Logo
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The British Esports Association (BEA) – the national body for esports, has announced it will open an esports performance and education campus at Riverside Sunderland. The campus will aim to nurture and support the next generation of talent, as interest and engagement in esports grows in the UK.

This announcement follows a multi-million-pound acquisition deal of former retail premises adjacent to the Stadium of Light. The site will be used to establish its National Esports Performance Campus (NEPC).

What is the NEPC?

The NEPC will become a centre of excellence, providing access to state-of-the-art equipment, training and investment that will support Sunderland, the North East, and the UK to become a globally-recognised esports hub capable of attracting and developing the world’s best esports talent.

The campus will offer educational and coaching courses for players and all other roles within the esports industry and feature dedicated esports classrooms, performance rooms, streaming booths for shout caster skills, and arena space. It will also play host to regular esports events, community tournaments, summer camps and be used as a training base for the GB team, which recently took part in the Global Esports Games in Singapore.

The new multi-million-pound campus will be ready to develop future esports talent from Summer 2022.

About the British Esports Association

The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK.

As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports and is not a governing body.

The Association helps educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media, and government – around what esports is and what its benefits are. Its three goals are to promote, improve and inspire. 

You can find more about them here: www.britishesports.org 

More Details on Warwick Esports Typing Tournament Finals Revealed

(Image Credit: Warwick University Esports)

A few weeks ago I reported that the University of Warwick will be hosting a speed-typing tournament at the end of this month. Well, they’ve revealed some more information about the live final, the first of its kind, and it sounds wild!

About the Live Final

Warwick will be hosting a competitive speed-typing tournament, with a UK-first live finals, out of the University of Warwick’s new Esports Centre on Saturday the 29th of January. The tournament will bring together the best typists from across the UK and one competitor from the US. The competition will feature casting/commentary from several prominent UK League of Legends casters and hosts.

The live final follows several weeks of online open qualifiers. Now the top 24 out of more than 100 competitors will face off in the live, in-person final. Top Prizes will be available for audiences as well as competitors within the competition.

Commenting on plans for the in-person finals, Jack said “hosting this in the Centre will be incredible and the Esports Society’s broadcast team have learnt so much in 2021 and I can’t wait to see them apply it to this event to create a truly premium experience for everyone. I hope that campus fully embraces the uniquely awe-inspiring event that this is bound to be.”

Get Your Free Ticket

The in-person final at Warwick Esports Centre is free to attend. Anyone interested can obtain a ticket by heading over to this link. The event will also be streamed to twitch.tv/warwickesports so if you can’t make it, watch online and you can still participate and win prizes.

That’s it from me, friends, don’t forget to watch out for me on Mondays over at the Geeky Brummie Twitter or follow me on my personal handle @MrMatLovell. Adios!

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