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British Esports’ Award-Winning DEI Initiative Announces Identity Refresh & Key Pillars

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British Esports, the UK’s national esports federation, has announced an identity refresh for its award winning diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative, Women in Esports, alongside a brand new Manifesto and Key Pillars. This refresh comes ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8 this year.

The Women in Esports initiative, represented by a series of talented individuals including Alice Leaman and Bryony-Hope Green, who won an MCV Women in Games Award for Education Impact, and Journalism Impact respectively, aims to create a more diverse and inclusive space in esports. Since its inception in 2019, the initiative has organised various events, tournaments, community initiatives, and educational content to encourage and provide opportunities for women and marginalised groups to participate in esports at all levels.

Along with the identity refresh, Women in Esports’ new Manifesto and Key Pillars demonstrate the initiative’s ongoing dedication to improving representation in esports. These fall in line with the wider work that British Esports is undertaking in this area.

The new Manifesto is as follows: “We are Women in Esports, and we are proud to lead the charge for change in the industry. We invite all individuals who share our values and our vision to join us in this mission. Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive future for esports.”

Women in Esports has also established four Key Pillars to accompany its Manifesto. These not only help to identify the most critical aspects of the industry that require attention in terms of representation, but also serve as a guide for the initiative’s efforts moving forward.

The campaign will also be raising donations for Womankind Worldwide, a global women’s rights organisation working in partnership with women’s movements to transform the lives of women and girls.

“Following our refreshed identity for 2023, we are delighted to share our key pillars and manifesto for Women in Esports. We intend to take the initiative to new heights this year, kicking off with our International Women’s Day celebrations. These key pillars and manifesto are a reflection of the aims of the initiative, and will help guide us to cultivate a more equitable space in the esports industry,” Billie Purdie, Women in Esports Manager at British Esports, said.

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Staffordshire University makes history in college esports

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Students of Staffordshire University have achieved a unique success: becoming the UK’s first winning university team in Europe’s premier esports competition between colleges. Players of ‘Korean Pop Superstars (KPS)’ emerged victorious last weekend in VALORANT (Riot Games’ shooter title) at the Grand Final of UNIVERSITY Esports Masters (UE Masters), where they defeated their rivals from National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine (NUPESU) by a score of 3-2.

It was not an easy road to glory. British representatives had to overcome the continuous returns from the Ukrainian players, who demonstrated a tough competitive spirit throughout the Grand Final. However, it was a great sporting experience in which fair play prevailed between the two teams. In fact, students of KPS waited over an hour for their NUPESU’s counterparts due to a problem with the venue where they were competing.

All the clashes at the Grand Finals of UE Masters (both VALORANT and League of Legends) were played entirely in online format. Live streams of the showdowns on Twitch and X (formerly Twitter) accumulated more than 40,000 views throughout last weekend on two official social channels with over 11,000 followers.

A great victory for the UK

The win of KPS is a meaningful milestone for college esports in the UK. For the first time, a British team has been crowned as Champion of UE Masters, the most important esports tournament in the college ecosystem across Europe. Since the first edition of the competition in 2016, Great Britain has had representatives, but none had been able to lift the Championship title.

This group of five students from Staffordshire University, integrated by Diarmuid McGirr, Josh Green, Zain Lim, Stanley Lebon, and Ignas Kantauta as the main squad, have completed a successful performance in this edition of UE Masters: overcoming qualifiers, beating the best opponents, and positioning the UK at the top of the university esports in the continent.

One of the KPS integrants, Zain Lim, said: “Playing as a team has definitely been fun, competing with friends just created such an atmosphere where it felt like we would beat teams due to just having better vibes than them. I would recommend university esports to others. I felt it made gaming a more social-able hobby, as over 5 years of university, at two different unis, I have met a bunch of people.”

Find out more about VALORANT, the victory’s game

What is VALORANT? What does it consist of? It is one of the most wanted esports-games globally. This shooter title, developed by the giant Riot Games and released in 2020, is a 5v5 character-based tactical FPS where precise gunplay meets unique agent abilities. It also includes a lot of effects and advanced weapons to offer players a better first-person experience.

Millions of people have tested their tactical skills on VALORANT over the past few years. According to the specialized website Tracker Network, over 16 million active users have played VALORANT so far in July worldwide.

Beyond of a video game competition

UE Masters, supported by Riot Games, is the conclusion of the UNIVERSITY Esports season, a global program with a presence in 26 countries on four continents and involving more than 100,000 students from 2,000 universities.

The main objectives of UNIVERSITY Esports are to create a sense of community among players from all over Europe, to give them the opportunity to compete in high quality international tournaments and to provide avenues for young people to develop a career within the esports world, as well as to find a place to learn and enhance their skills.

In the UK and Ireland, UNIVERSITY Esports, a project organized by NUEL (a GGTech Entertainment’s company), has celebrated its 13th Season. The winners of its Winter Split, such as Staffordshire University, have been the national representatives in the outgoing edition of UE Masters.

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BGMI MASTERS SERIES SEASON 3 SET TO LAUNCH WITH EXCITING NEW INITIATIVES

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The BGMI Masters Series (BGMS), India’s premier esports tournament, is back with its highly anticipated third season. Season 3 will begin on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 PM and will run until August 11 on the Star Sports Network. This season promises to be the most thrilling yet, with several innovative features for an esports experience like never before.

Broadcast Schedule:

  • Monday to Saturday: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • League week Sundays; Playoff & Finals: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Channel Mix:

Fans can catch all the action on Star Sports 2 (HD & SD) in English and Star Sports First in Hindi. Fans will also have the option to switch to Tamil & Hindi commentary on SS2 using the blue button.

Digital Streaming:

The entire BGMI Masters Series will also be streamed on Star Sports & Nodwin Gaming’s YouTube, making it accessible to a broader audience.

Exciting New Features for Season 3:

  1. Powerplay:
    • Returning from Season 2 to make the game action-packed from the get-go, this feature rewards double the points to squads for each finish they achieve in the first circle of each match.
  2. Impact Player:
    • For the first time, , the in-game leader will conduct a random draw to select the Impact Player. This player will earn double points for each finish.
  3. Bounty:
    • Also debuting this season, the top 4 teams based on the standings of the league week’s first match will carry a bounty. In subsequent matches, the top 4 teams overall will carry a bounty, with ten bounty points awarded for wiping out an entire squad.

Impact and Reach:

Over the first two seasons, BGMS has garnered an impressive reach of over 100 million across linear and digital platforms. As the biggest esports IP in the country, BGMS continues to play a pivotal role in bringing esports into the mainstream.

Fan Engagement Initiative: Play with the Masters:

BGMI fans now have the unique opportunity to play the game directly with top BGMI gamers featured in BGMS everyday through the ‘Play with the Masters’ initiative. This exciting feature, introduced by Star Sports and Nodwin Gaming, encourages viewers to follow Star Sports’ & Nodwin Gaming’s social handles and tune into the BGMS broadcast for updates on how to participate.

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Skyesports Championship 2024 – Counter-Strike 2 to take place at Taj Lands End Mumbai, 12 teams to battle it out for $300,000 prize pool

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Skyesports, a premier global IP and community builder for gaming and esports, has unveiled the venue for the anticipated Skyesports Championship 2024, a $300,000 Counter-Strike 2 esports tournament. The event, featuring 12 teams, is set to happen at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai, India from July 23 to 28.

Commenting on the tournament, Shiva Nandy, Founder and CEO of Skyesports, said, “We are thrilled to welcome international teams to India for the $300,000 Skyesports Championship. This event, at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai, is among the most significant ones of our 2024 Counter-Strike esports roadmap. As we position Skyesports’ IPs for new audiences, this tournament is a crucial milestone for our long-term plans in the game. Our vision of bringing international teams to India to participate in our IPs is coming true, and we are setting a platform to establish India as a global hub for esports. This is a pivotal moment in putting India on the global esports map.”

The Skyesports Championship will happen across two stages: the Group Stage and the Playoffs. The Group Stage will take place from July 23 to 25 with the 12 teams split into two groups of six teams each. Each group will compete in a single round-robin format with the top three teams advancing to the Playoffs. The group stage will adopt a “semi-LAN” format where the teams will be competing from remotely set-up bootcamps at the Taj Lands End.

The Skyesports Championship 2024 Playoffs will move to the main stage at the Taj Lands End, where the six teams will battle it out in a single-elimination bracket for the title of champions on July 27 and 28. Additionally, there will be a lot of surprises set for fans in the Skyesports Championship 2024.

The complete list of teams is as follows:

● Aurora Gaming
● AMKAL Esports
● BetBoom Team
● Bleed Esports
● DMS
● ENCE
● Eternal Fire
● Parivision
● Revenant Esports
● The MongolZ
● 3DMAX
● True Rippers Esports

Aurora Esports, the Serbian champions of the previous international Skyesports events—the $350,000 Skyesports Masters 2024 and the Skyesports Grand Slam 2024 in Pune, India—are once again traveling to the country, aiming for the throne. Joining them are Turkey’s Eternal Fire, Mongolia’s The Mongolz, and formidable European teams such as ENCE, Bleed Esports, and Revenant Esports.

Additionally, open qualifiers for Europe and India were held, granting two direct slots for the Skyesports Championship 2024 Main Event. True Rippers will be representing India, while 3DMAX have secured the European qualification for the event.

Fans can catch all the action live on the Skyesports YouTube and Twitch channels. The tournament will be broadcasted in several languages, including English, Hindi, Russian, Portugal, and Mongolian – a testament to the global nature of the Skyesports Championship IP.

The Skyesports Championship is India’s longest-running homegrown esports IP. The tournament was introduced in 2018 as a regional competition for South India. Since then, it has grown manifolds year-over-year to become one of the most prominent esports events in the 2024 calendar.

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