British Esports Association

Welcome to the British Esports Association

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

As a national body, our aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. We’re focused on the grassroots level of esports and run Championships in schools and colleges.

The Association hopes to help educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and what its benefits are. Esports can have positive cognitive and other benefits when done in moderation. Esports also promotes teamwork and communication, develops communities and provides jobs. Unlike passive media such as TV, esports requires quick thinking and involves the participant directly.

Our three goals are to Promote, Improve and Inspire.

British Esports Championships for schools and colleges: Season 2 sign-ups now open!

The British Esports Championships is an exciting new competitive video gaming competition for students aged 12-19 in schools and colleges across the UK.

The first full Championships got underway in October 2018 featuring Rocket League, Overwatch and League of Legends, with the finalists being announced over the coming weeks. 

Registrations for Season 2 - which will run from January to March - are now open. The winners from Season 1 and 2 will face-off at the grand finals on Friday April 19th 2019 at the UK's largest gaming festival – Insomnia – at the Birmingham NEC.

For more information, visit our dedicated British Esports Championships hub here

What is esports?

Esports (electronic sports) is competitive video gaming.

Tournaments usually consist of amateur or professional gamers competing against one another for a cash prize.

Esports is classified in the UK as a game and not a sport (similar to the likes of chess and bridge). We are working to educate everyone from parents to teachers, the media and the Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about esports and its benefits.

Read our PDF for more info on esports here:

Download our 'what is esports' PDF here

Read more about the British Esports Association including our mission statement, sign up to our free email newsletter and check out our extensive PDF info pack here.