covid

amazon-university-esports-reports-record-numbers-in-uk/ireland-winter-2021-season,-with-more-students-and-societies-participating ESports News UK

Amazon University Esports reports record numbers in UK/Ireland Winter 2021 Season, with more students and societies participating

Record numbers of university students took part in the Winter 2021 season of Amazon University Esports in the UK and Ireland, which is run by NUEL and GGTech. More than 1,150 teams of students from 105 universities around the UK and Ireland competed weekly against each other in a range of esports games, including League of Legends, Valorant, CSGO and Overwatch. That’s up from 900 teams the year prior, with signups for the Valorant tournament more than doubling year-on-year. Continue reading Amazon University Esports reports record numbers in UK/Ireland Winter 2021 Season, with more students and societies participating

league-of-legends-community-pays-tribute-to-yoppa,-one-of-the-uk-scene’s-first-players,-who-has-sadly-passed-away-aged-23 ESports News UK

League of Legends community pays tribute to Yoppa, one of the UK scene’s first players, who has sadly passed away aged 23

Serbian League of Legends player, Pavle ‘Yoppa’ Kostić, one of the League of Legends ESL UK Premiership’s first players, has sadly passed away due to Covid-related complications. The top-laner had previously played with the now-defunct organisation TCA Esports in the ESL Prem, with players like support Raizins, who is now a streamer for London Esports, and Deadly, the ADC who has just left BT Excel. Yoppa had played for a range of top teams over the years, including Giants Gaming, the academy teams of Mad Lions and Vitality, and most recently Schalke Evolution. Continue reading League of Legends community pays…

uk-rainbow-six-personalities-criticise-2022-six-invitational-for-having-no-live-audience:-‘this-event-isn’t-just-about-esports,-it’s-for-the-whole-community-to-get-together’ ESports News UK

UK Rainbow Six personalities criticise 2022 Six Invitational for having no live audience: ‘This event isn’t just about esports, it’s for the whole community to get together’

From big tournaments to the PGL CSGO Major to smaller UK gatherings like Epic.LAN (34), live audiences are starting to trickle back into esports events. But not all of them are switching to live audiences straight away, given the situation around Covid-19. The recent League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) 2021 did not have a live audience, neither did the 2021 Dota 2 International, and neither will the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational in Montreal, Canada in February 2022. Continue reading UK Rainbow Six personalities criticise 2022 Six Invitational for having no live audience: ‘This event isn’t just about esports, it’s…

parents-in-the-uk-are-more-positive-about-their-children-gaming-now-than-they-were-pre-lockdown ESports News UK

Parents in the UK are more positive about their children gaming now than they were pre-lockdown

(Image credit: James Lawson/iEventMedia) The pandemic has seen more people play games while stuck indoors, with parents taking on a more positive attitude towards their children gaming. A third of parents questioned said that they now better appreciate the skills that gaming requires, while a fifth now had a more positive attitude to gaming than when they did pre-lockdown, according to new UK research. A survey of 1,221 UK adults conducted by gaming retailer and publisher Green Man Gaming in April 2021 found that 80% of parents said that their children played more during lockdown, with 45% saying that their kids…

the-next-insomnia-gaming-festival-could-be-byoc-only-and-take-place-in-october-2021-at-a-different-venue-(or-country!)-–-exclusive-interview-with-craig-‘wizzo’-fletcher ESports News UK

The next Insomnia Gaming Festival could be BYOC-only and take place in October 2021 at a different venue (or country!) – exclusive interview with Craig ‘Wizzo’ Fletcher

The new owners of Insomnia Gaming Festival are thinking about dropping the expo for a BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer)-only event this year, due to the pandemic. SuperNova Capital – which acquired Insomnia from GAME last month – is looking at running the event in mid-October. And tickets could go on sale in the next month as a best-case scenario. But it admitted things are still ‘up in the air’ for Insomnia in 2021, depending on how the situation and government guidelines around Covid-19 change. Continue reading The next Insomnia Gaming Festival could be BYOC-only and take place in October…

how-lockdown-changed-gaming-in-the-uk:-9-key-takeaways-from-ofcom’s-online-national-2021-report ESports News UK

How lockdown changed gaming in the UK: 9 key takeaways from Ofcom’s Online National 2021 Report

Ofcom has published its Online National 2021 Report which features a host of data about gaming habits in the UK – and how these changed after the pandemic hit last year. We’ve rounded up 9 stats from the report. 1. Almost two thirds of adults played games last year With people at home for much of the year, online gaming saw a big increase in 2020. Nearly two thirds (62%) of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played games on an electronic device, and over half of all gamers agreed that gaming helped them get through lockdown….