British esports organisation Lionscreed and four UK educational institutions have launched ‘Project Guardian’, a new initiative aimed to develop the esports scene in the country.
Through Project Guardian, the esports organisation has teamed up with Wilmington Academy, Queen Mary’s College, Manchester Metropolitan and the City University of London in order to support education in esports and rising talent in the ecosystem.
The collective partnerships will directly impact Lions Clash, Lionscreed’s university tournament project which first took place earlier this year. The institutions will collaborate with the organisation on the competition, whilst also working directly with the Lionscreed brand. This year’s Lions Clash event concluded offline at ESI Next Gen in March.
According to a release, Lionscreed will look to ensure that students working during Lions Clash will gain access to brands, content creators, players and businesses within London’s esports scene.
The organisation also cited that it will collaborate with partnered educators so that Project Guardian can provide tools, opportunities and experiences for young people looking to bolster their esports journey.
Alongside its partnership with educational institutions, Lionscreed has also teamed up with Lizzie Squires, the Co-owner and CEO of fellow UK esports organisation Vulpine Esports. Squires is also a lecturer at the College of Esports and a Women in Games ambassador.
Speaking about the project, Squires said: “I am really honoured to be working with Lionscreed Esports as an Advisor for their educational programmes.
“The importance of industry-led and focused programmes for young people is paramount, and as a professional in both the esports industry and education, it is truly a pleasure to be supporting a UK-based organisation that is looking to lead the pack.”
The esports spotlight has shone on the UK scene in 2023 with global events such as the Apex Legends’ ALGS Majors and League of Legends’ MSI taking place in the country. Moreover, esports stakeholders such as Guild, EXCEL and Horizon Union have all launched initiatives and activations that bolster the country’s esports and gaming scene.