Esports Insider & the University of Warwick announce the UK’s first conference dedicated to esports & video games in education
Hear from the UK’s leading universities on why they are integrating esports and gaming degrees, heads of education from the UK’s official esports trade body – the British Esports Association and video game publishers – such as EA, on removing barriers to Higher Education, the value of the esports industry for young people, and the blurring lines between creative and digital industries.
Date and Location: 22-23 March 2023, at the Esports Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry.
About the Conference
The leading B2B esports events and media company, Esports Insider (ESI) and the University of Warwick are pleased to reveal the agenda for the inaugural ESI Next Gen, a one-and-a-half day conference dedicated to esports and video games in education. Offering interactive sessions, networking and insights on March 22nd-23rd, 2023 at the University’s Esports Centre.
The UK has steadily increased the number of esports-focused qualifications on offer, moving beyond competitive play there are now 39 esports courses through 14 providers (according to UCAS)
across the UK, now providing three-year degrees or Higher Education courses on the wider industry or specific aspects such as Event Management, Digital Marketing, or Coaching, Health and Well-Being.
As two leading authorities in esports business and education, Esports Insider and University of
Warwick have crafted the first ever ESI Next Gen conference to bring together leaders from universities and colleges from across the UK and beyond, alongside professionals from both the esports and games industries to discuss the skills the industry can offer young people. This includes game developers, publishers, esports teams, tournament operators, education sector service providers, and regional government all under one roof, right on the doorstep of one of the UK’s largest creative clusters. There’ll be ample industry related and education-focused content, as well as extensive networking opportunities and interactive workshops for students looking to get into the industry.
The event is supported by Gold Sponsor IN4 Group, Official Youth Esports Partner Esports Coaching Academy and event partners Chillblast, Viperio, NSE, Esport1, Swipe Right PR, UKIE and NUEL. ESI Next Gen is set to welcome over 250 attendees, with over 30+ speakers across more than 9 live sessions.
Speakers this year include educators & industry executives such as:
- Meg Daintith, Talent Acquisition Manager at Electronic Arts
- Phil Bale, Operations Manager at Ubisoft Leamington
- Kalam Neale, Head of Education at British Esports
- Gina Jackson OBE, Founder of SKILLfull
- Ólafur Steinarsson, Co-founder & COO at Esports Coaching Academy
- Mikayla Sinead, Founder & CEO at Bridge Network Group
- James Fraser-Murison, Director of Esports at Queen Marys College
- Becky Wright, Senior Partnerships Manager at NSE
- Dr Bianca Wright, Curriculum Lead: Immersive and Associate Professor at Coventry University
- Mark Ward, Community Outreach Officer at Digital Schoolhouse
- Joanne Garde-Hansen, Professor of Culture, Media and Communication at University of Warwick
At ESI Next Gen, there will be five panels and two workshops, all designed to support education staff, industry stakeholders and students equally. The event will explore leadership in esports and gaming education, navigating the obstacles of curriculum development, potential graduate opportunities, policy matters, and sector growth.
Esports Coaching Academy will host a ‘Pathways to Building a Career and Business in Grassroots Youth Esports’ workshop, which will provide attendees with valuable insights and resources on the grassroots esports industry and how to build a career and business in it. Topics will include the current landscape of youth esports, career pathways, business opportunities and best practices in grassroots esports.
Sam Cooke, Managing Director and Founder at ESI stated: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Warwick for our first inaugural ESI Next Gen. This event will provide a great opportunity to explore and promote the collaborative relationship between the esports and video game industries and educational institutions, so as to create a strong foundation for the new emerging talent.”
The event will kick off with a networking social and the final of Lions Clash, a Valorant tournament for UK universities and colleges, followed by an evening reception on 22nd March 2023, allowing attendees to register early, experience a live esports event, and network in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Jack Fenton, Head of Esports at University of Warwick says: “This is a huge landmark for Warwick as co-creating the ESI: Next Gen concept has been an exciting strategic goal for both us and for Esports Insider. I know that this will be the Esports Centre’s biggest and most impactful event to-date and we’re really proud to be acting as a catalyst for the creative and digital sector. I can’t wait to see the collaboration that spins out of this event!”
Join us for ESI Next Gen 2023 to celebrate the convergence of esports, video games and education on March 22-23 at the Esports Centre, Coventry.
Bring your team of 3 or more and save with our Group Registration rates. Currently enrolled students may register to attend #ESINextGen at a special discounted rate.
University of Warwick
Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. The University of Warwick through Creative Futures is committed to increasing opportunities for students, graduates, staff and academics and building relationships with the thriving creative cluster in Coventry and Warwickshire.
The team runs a creative industries network with a particular focus on games, digital technologies and esports including a start-up incubator in 1 Mill Street Leamington Spa and the sector leading Esports Centre on campus.
Based in London and founded in 2016, Esports Insider is an industry-focused esports news platform, B2B agency, media and events company.
ESI runs a world-leading and international esports industry news site, operates The Esports Journal magazine and has run more industry events than any other company globally, from London to Los Angeles. Other arms of the company include ESI Media, as well as ESI Connect, its agency arm which offers services across Brokerage, Consultancy and Campaign Activation.
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