UK esports organisation Lionscreed has unveiled Lionsclash, a new VALORANT tournament tailored towards UK university and college students.
In total Lionsclash will feature 12 schools, with the two best teams competing in a LAN finals that will take place at ESI Next Gen, a one-and-a-half day esports business conference focused on the education sector.
To get to the finals, schools will compete through five weeks of competition, which includes a play-in and playoff section. The tournament will be broadcasted. Moreover, a cash prize will be awarded, however, the amount has also not been revealed. Other prizes for Lionsclash include HyperX gear, Glytch energy tubes and one week worth of Alta Food.
The institutions that have been selected for the VALORANT tournament are: Wilmington Academy, City University of London, University of Warwick, University of Bath, University of Bristol, Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London, University of Reading, University of Manchester, Loughborough University, Brunel University and the University of Birmingham.
Lionscreed claims the tournament also opens up other opportunities to students outside of competitive gameplay. This includes work experience so students can understand the esports sector better; the chance to learn from some of Lionscreeds’ brands; and an invitation to the ESI Next Gen esports business-focused conference.
According to the organisation, the 12 teams will be supported by Lionscreed throughout the tournament. Moreover, Lions Clash will provide a range of opportunities to the student esports community. This includes presenting experiences and opportunities for students directly, including opportunities to gain work experience within esports organisations via its ‘Buddy System’.
Students that are looking to seek specific experience within esports organisations are partnered with individuals working in Lionscreed within this system. As a result, this intends to give them insights into the industry. Roles such as management, broadcasting, and production have all been offered for work experience.
Students will also look to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the esports industry functions. As such, opportunities to learn about brand relations and partnerships are avaible.
ESI Next Gen, created through a collaboration between the University of Warwick and Esports Insider, will commence March 22nd-23rd at the university’s Esports Centre. The conference looks to unite leaders across the esports, video games and education sectors. As such, there will be industry-related and education-focused content, as well as networking opportunities.