National esports body British Esports has partnered with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to host a conference focused on discussing safeguarding practices in esports and gaming.
Called the NSPCC Safeguarding in Esports Conference, the event will take place on February 9th at the Confetti X esports arena in Nottingham. The conference will focus on raising awareness about positive practices in gaming and esports.
British Esports’ event will be a part of the previously announced Game Safe Festival, a series of events aimed at supporting better gaming habits and helping children be safer in online environments. The Festival is supported by EPIC.LAN, NSE and SAF, among others, and will include a series of workshops and panel discussions for teachers, parents and esports stakeholders, as well as an EA FC tournament called the Game Safe Cup.
The Safeguarding in Esports Conference will include talks from Sir Peter Wanless, the CEO of the NSPCC, Michelle North, the Associate Head of the Child Protection in Sport Unit and other esports and safeguarding experts. Attendees can also join the conference both in person and online.
British Esports Vice President Tom Dore shared that the conference part of a new partnership between the organisation and the NSPCC. Moreover, he emphasised that with esports growing rapidly, online safeguarding and safety must become a priority for everyone involved.
Lewie Procter, Head of Gaming Partnerships at the NSPCC, commented on the collaboration: “This conference will help us to embed ourselves into this world and enable us to understand and move with the ever-changing technology of gaming, and better connect with gaming and Esports industry partners, with the goal of collaboratively advancing the cause of child safety.”