Esports Roundup: Birmingham Esports Breakfast Club

Hello friends!

In this week’s roundup, Team Norse Thunder launch a new esports breakfast club, Warwick Esports retains its UK Esports University of the Year title for a fourth consecutive year, and tickets for Rocket League’s London Major are live (and selling fast).

This esports roundup shines a light on UK esports, in particular, what’s going on in the midlands. If you have an esports story that you would like us to feature, email mat@geekybrummie.com.

  1. Esports Breakfast Club to Launch in Birmingham
  2. Warwick Win UK Esports Uni of the Year for the Fourth Consecutive Year
  3. Tickets Now on Sale for Rocket League London Major

Esports Breakfast Club to Launch in Birmingham

Image Credit Team Norse Thunder

Birmingham-based esports organisation and social enterprise, Team Norse Thunder, has announced a new esports breakfast club which is set to help hundreds of people across the second city.

About the Breakfast Club

The club will welcome people from across the city and beyond with a range of healthy breakfast options and opportunities to play games as they have fun and make new friends alongside esports players from Team Norse Thunder.

Thunder’s esports breakfast club will be open every Saturday and Sunday morning at the team’s base in The Exchange opposite Birmingham City Library, but full details on the launch date and opening times will be announced shortly via the organisation’s social media

Bringing People Together Through Esports

The project is being supported by The Wisdom Factory CIC – a technology firm based in The Jewellery Quarter that also supports community projects through an annual grant fund. 

Speaking about the launch of the club on their website, Team Norse Thunder’s Dave Scotford said: “We all know that breakfast is a really important meal – it gets people set up for the day. But when you read things in the news that talks about 50% of school-aged children skipping it and that’s up from 30% back in 2010, something’s wrong, and we’re going in the wrong direction. 

“With the cost of living crisis that’s affecting so many people right now, how do we have any kind of platform to fight that direction of travel? Parents are skipping meals to make sure their children are fed. Our big focus as a team has always been about bringing people together and that’s what this new esports breakfast club is about. 

Image Credit: Team Norse Thunder

About Team Norse Thunder

Established in 2016, Team Norse Thunder is an esports organisation and social enterprise which uses gaming and esports to bring people together and battle social isolation and loneliness. Their work with young people in Birmingham and the wider region continues to be inspiring, and this announcement is no different. Remember to watch their social media channels for more details on when the breakfast club will launch.

Warwick Win UK Esports Uni of the Year for the Fourth Consecutive Year

(Image Credit: University of Warwick Esports)

The University of Warwick has won National Student Esports (NSE) UK Esports University of the Year for a fourth consecutive term. This follows Warwick finishing top of NSE’s British University Esports Championships league table against more than 100 other universities across the UK.

NSE is a UK university esports body and tournament provider, that runs the British University Esports Championship (BUEC) each academic year, in partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

(Image Credit: University of Warwick Esports)

Dominating the Competition

Warwick Esports topped the leaderboard with 4,036 points, almost 2,000 points ahead of their closest competitor, Loughborough University.

Warwick maintained a consitent performance throughout the 2021/22 season, with five teams playing across nine championship finals – a record in itself. They earned the most points in League of Legends, CS: GO, Dota, Overwatch, Rocket League, Valorant and UFG(University Fighting Games), and the second-most points in Rainbow 6: Siege and Halo.

In the most recent spring term, Warwick had 10 teams that secured top 4 finishes across the major titles, with five finalists in Overwatch, League of Legends, Dota, Yu-Gi-Oh and Rainbow Six: Siege. Similarly, across the winter term Warwick had 10 top 4 teams, with 3 finalists, and a win in League of Legends and UFG.

(Image Credit: NSE

Hard Fought Leaderboard

Overall, the fight for the top 10 was a hard one.  Loughborough University finish in second place, followed closely by the University of Portsmouth in third, Durham University in fourth, and then a little further down, the University College London in fifth. The fight between Durham University, University College London and the University of Exeter for 4th, 5th and 6th was extremely close, with just ten points between them.

It’s also nice to see  University of Birmingham joining the exclusive top ten group alongside Swansea University and University College London all displaying impressive performances.

Overall, an excellent season and huge congratulations to Warwick on their historic win!

Tickets Now on Sale for Rocket League London Major

(Image Credit: Esports News UK)

Tickets are now available for the upcoming Rocket League Spring 2022 Major. The Rocket League Championship Series Spring Major will start 29th June 2022 and will be hosted at the Copperbox Arena in London. Tickets cover the final two days on 2nd and 3rd July.

About the Tournament

The Rocket League Championship Series Spring Major has a $300,000 prize pool. It will bring together top teams from across the world, including UK Esports organisation Endpoint.

Rocket League, which is football with cars, is one of the most popular esports played in the UK with four UK-based organisations in the top 16 rankings. It’s 3v3 variant is most popularly played at tournament level, and it’s set to be one of the games being played at the pilot Esports Championship at the Commonwealth games.

Tickets Selling Fast

Tickets are priced from £50 in the upper bowl section and cost £60 in the lower bowl and floor seating. However, despite going live only yesterday, tickets for floor seating have completely sold out, so you need to be quick.

Rocket League London Spring Major tickets are available to purchase on See Tickets now and there’s more info on this RLCS Spring Major FAQs page on the Rocket League website.

That’s it from me, friends. Until then 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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