Intel, NSE in new British University eSports partnership
The two will work together for the upcoming eSports tournament
Tech giant Intel and National Student Esports (NSE) are joining forces as partners ahead of the upcoming British University Esports Championship (BUEC). The two entities will work together to help increase the eSports industry in the UK, including through investments into eSports framework in the country. The partnership will continue through the 2019-2020 championship season and, possibly, longer.
The first season of the BUEC, reportedly the leading eSports tournament in the UK, attracted 79 universities and saw participation by 600 teams competing in seven titles. These included Dota 2, FIFA 19, CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch and Hearthstone. As the upcoming BUEC gets rolling, more titles are expected to be added.
In a statement about the partnership, NSE Executive Director Jonathan Tilbury says, “We are thrilled to have such a well-established brand like Intel recognise NSE as an industry leader when it comes to university esports. NSE’s core audience are mostly students enrolled on STEM courses, including a significant number of computer science students. As digital natives and tech enthusiasts, many of these graduates will potentially go on to shape the future of esports, games and tech industries, making this an exciting venture for tech-focused brands like Intel.”
The head of Intel’s eSports division in the UK, Scott Gillingham, added, “Intel is committed to the future of esports. Which as well as creating new technology means supporting grassroots university leagues to hosting major tournaments and investing in the ideas, communities and talent that we believe in. That’s why Intel is proud to become the headline sponsor of NSE, to help showcase new and exciting career paths for university students and to show the world that esports is here to stay.”