Collegiate esports series UNIVERSITY Esports launches 13th season

Screenshot of UNIVERSITY Esports logo with esports audience on the left
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University education and esports series UNIVERSITY Esports has unveiled its 13th season open to students located in the UK and Ireland.

Operated by NUEL, the winter split aims to provide a platform for students to compete and a range of educational activities highlighting the esports industry.

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Season 13 of UNIVERSITY Esports will host competitions across a range of titles including League of Legends, VALORANT, Counter-Strike 2, Overwatch 2, and Apex Legends alongside workshops that introduce students to the careers within the industry.

In an effort to expand its offering, UNIVERSITY Esports has revealed that Overwatch 2 will become to latest title to feature dedicated Women and Non-Binary competitions, joining its League of Legends and VALORANT tournaments.

UNIVERSITY Esports has also revealed it will have the support of a range of game publishers, including Riot Games, for its tournaments which commence on October 18th.

Founded in 2020 in collaboration with GGTech Entertainment and Amazon, the 12th season of UNIVERSITY Esports saw over 6,800 students in the UK and Ireland compete in tournaments. This is the first year in a while that Amazon will not have naming rights in the competition. However, a GGTech representative told Esports Insider that it will continue to work with Amazon “on many other projects”.

Peter Cole, Head of Product at the NUEL, spoke on the news: “We are very excited to be launching a new season of UNIVERSITY Esports in the UK and Ireland.

“As we have done for the past 13 years, our goal at UNIVERSITY Esports & NUEL is to provide all university students, regardless of ability, experience or background, a welcoming and inclusive environment to participate in esports. This includes increasing opportunities available to marginalised groups and support for student-led communities in grassroots esports.”

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.