British Esports Association

Welcome to the British Esports Association

Welcome to the British Esports Association, the national body for esports and competitive video gaming.

We are a not-for-profit organisation designed to support and promote grassroots esports in Britain. 

The aim is not to push esports as a sport, or as a rival to traditional sport, but as a credible activity in its own right which 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.

British Esports Championships

Sign up for the 2018-2019 Championships

Thank you for your interest in the British Esports Championships; exclusively for 12-19 year old students who attend schools and colleges in the UK.

A pilot begins in February, then the full national championships will begin in September 2018. The championships will follow the full academic year from September 2018 until July 2019. It's hoped the grand finals will take place in August 2019 at the UK's largest gaming festival – Insomnia – at the Birmingham NEC.

To register your interest in the British Esport Championships 2018 - 2019, please click below:

Student or Teacher

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:

Download the British Esports Association info pack

What is esports?

Esports (electronic sports) is a proven human-versus-human mind game - a Chess 2.0 if you like. It's essentially 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 the Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of its benefits.

Read our PDF for more info on esports here:

Download our 'what is esports' PDF here