British Esports, the national body established to support grassroots esports in the UK, announced that registrations for the 2023/24 Student Champs Winter Split are now officially open.
Featuring some of the biggest and most popular esports games available today, including; League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League and Valorant, the British Esports Student Champs is the UK’s largest amateur grassroots esports tournament for students aged 12 + at secondary schools, further education (FE) colleges and alternative provision (AP) schools.
Identifying the next generation of amateur esports talent, the Student Champs featured over 200 individual schools and colleges in 2022/23 alone, including 500 teams and in excess of 5000 students, culminating in a grand final witnessed by a live audience and over ¼ million live views on Twitch.
Brand new for the 2023/24 season is the introduction of the Open and Nationals, designed to showcase the very best teams and talent on a national level, alongside the addition of wider cup competitions featuring StreetFighter 6 and Apex Legends, as well as the return of the Women in Esports Cup and the Williams Racing League, in partnership with Williams Esports.
The Open is intended to offer competition with less higher stakes, perfect for those taking their very first steps in competitive schools and college esports.
The Nationals are all about top tier talent, featuring the very best performing teams from across the UK and limited to one institute per title. The 2023/24 Student Champs season will culminate in a LIVE LAN final at The Arena, the brand new, multifunctional esports and creative complex, part of British Esports’ National Esports Performance Campus in Sunderland.
As part of its ongoing collaboration with College of Esports, the world’s leading university-level institution dedicated to the business of esports and gaming, British Esports announced that all broadcast productions relating to the British Esports Student Champs Open Division, will be exclusively produced by College of Esports students, ranging from production crew, to casting, hosting, observers and more.
“As we launch the 6th season of the British Esports Student Champs, it’s incredible to look back at the growth of institutions competing, as well as the significant increase in the overall quality of players, teams and matches on display. Our goal with the Student Champs has always been to offer amateur grassroots players the opportunity to take part in competitive tournaments and gain valuable experience. Throughout its history the champs has seen a number of institutions grow and develop their esports provision alongside their facilities,” Andy Payne OBE, Chair of British Esports, said.
“We’re thrilled to be involved with the British Esports Student Champs. We pride ourselves on being able to offer students real hands-on opportunities throughout the esports industry, and being the largest amateur grassroots esports tournament for schools and colleges across the UK, the Student Champs is a prestigious British tournament and it’s amazing that the team at British Esports have entrusted the production of these broadcasts throughout the season to our eager students,” Prof. Philip Wilson, Chair of the College of Esports, said.