The University of Warwick has announced a multi-year partnership with gaming PC manufacturer Chillblast to support its esports centre.
The deal will see Chillblast and the university work together on a number of esports activations and on-campus competitions. This includes a VALORANT tournament and other student-run events.
The two parties will also provide exclusive discounts and offers for students.
Chillblast is one of the more prominent gaming PC manufacturers in the UK, and one that is a strong supporter of esports. The company is the official PC partner of Fnatic and previously had a partnership with EXCEL ESPORTS.
This is not the first time Chillblast has worked with the University of Warwick. Both parties joined forces in late 2022 to create the ‘Chillblast Championships’, a university student esports CS:GO tournament.
According to a release, the partnership with the University of Warwick’s esports programme, Warwick Esports, will have a strong focus on grassroots esports. As such, the plan is to develop a series of grassroots tournaments that will be run by the university’s students. This will provide them with entry-level paid and volunteer opportunities that should, in theory, help them enter the esports industry while studying.
Ben Miles, Managing Director of Chillblast and Tactus Group’s Chief Gaming Officer commented: “Everyone at Chillblast is incredibly excited to advance our status as a leading esports brand by working with the University of Warwick.
“With its exceptional Esports Centre and support ecosystem for students looking to enter our industry, Warwick was a natural partner, especially given the incredible team the University has in place.”
Apart from the grassroots tournaments, Chillblast and the University of Warwick plan to work together on the Warwick VALORANT Invitational. The tournament will include an open tournament and an open and non-binary tournament which will both feed teams into the grand finals on the campus in early March 2023.