UK Esports Team Committee unveils principles to professionalise industry

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The UK Esports Team Committee (UKETC) has published its inaugural list of principles, which includes the development of practices that aim to professionalise the industry and the active promotion of an inclusive environment for all.

Other principles also include implementing a safeguarding policy, regular performance reviews, and actively supporting the wider industry by guaranteeing a high standard of practice is maintained. This is in relation to work experience placements, voluntary roles and internships.

According to a release, all members of the committee are expected to adhere to the principles while other organisations should consider following them. Moreover, the committee is supported by the British Esports Association.

The signing of the document took place in August, between Commonwealth Games Esports activities. One name that was not shown on the list of signatures was Overwatch League franchise London Spitfire, which was previously named as a founding member. During a UKETC meeting, there was also a discussion about how the committee will address potential infringements.

Founded in 2021, the UKETC will look to act as a ‘collective voice’ for UK teams across industry discussions. Representatives include the likes of Fnatic, the London Royal Ravens, Guild Esports and EXCEL ESPORTS.

Most recently, the UKETC added five new organisations that will look to spearhead committee initiatives. Organisations include Resolve, Wolves Esports, FUTWIZ, LDN UTD, and World of Warcraft guild Method.

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Oliver Weingarten, Chair of the UKETC and CEO of LDN UTD, spoke on the new principles: “It is important for the members that the UKETC is not seen as a talking shop with no tangible output. The Principles show that the members have the ability to work in a cohesive manner, with the aim of showcasing best practice.

“We recognise there will be some who say they could be more exhaustive, and we welcome feedback from stakeholders to iterate these Principles and discuss improvements at our regular meetings. In any event, we believe these to be a positive step in the right direction.”

Jonno Nicholson
Jonno is a Freelance News Writer for Esports Insider and has been part of the ESI team since 2019! His interests include the rapid rise of sim racing and its impact on the wider industry.