Students from three British universities will fight to become champions of UE Masters

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The United Kingdom is one of the countries represented in the largest video game competition between universities across Europe. Students from University of Roehampton, Nottingham Trent University, and Staffordshire University will fight to qualify for the Grand Final and become champions of UNIVERSITY Esports Masters (UE Masters).

After demonstrating a high level in the previous qualifiers, the British universities will have four teams participating in the UE Masters Playoffs, which will be played on the following dates: Rocket League (May 11 and 12) and VALORANT (May 25 and 26). In addition to the players from the UK, opponents representing Croatia, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands will also take part. The matches can be followed on the competition’s official Twitch channel (twitch.tv/uemasters).

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Two teams of University of Roehampton will seek victory in Rocket League Playoffs this weekend. On the other hand, students from Nottingham Trent University and Staffordshire University will try to be the winners in the VALORANT Playoffs in the coming weeks.

The 2023/24 edition of the UE Masters, which will distribute a total prize pool of 14,000 euros, has counted with the participation of university teams from 17 European countries and the support of Riot Games, one of the world’s leading video game developers (publishers).

Beyond of a video game competition

UNIVERSITY Esports Masters is a video game competition integrated within UNIVERSITY Esports, a global esports, gaming and technology project that is present in 26 countries on four continents and has the participation of more than 100,000 universities.

The main objectives of UNIVERSITY Esports Masters 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.

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The potential of esports and gaming in the UK

Gaming and video game competitions are positioned as one of the fastest growing sectors of the entertainment industry year on year globally. According to the statistics portal Statista, “the United Kingdom is experiencing a surge in Esports popularity, with a growing number of tournaments, teams, and dedicated arenas.”

The same source forecasts that the domestic esports market in the UK will reach revenues of £183.3 million in 2024, with a penetration rate of 27.9%. By 2028, it estimates revenues of £234 million and a market share of 33.1%.

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