New university eSports organisation Varsity Games launched this weekend with their inaugural event. UK-based eSports company Gfinity helped them out, hosting the event in the Gfinity Arena - the UK’s first dedicated eSports venue.
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The event was a Dota 2 knockout tournament contested by University College London, King’s College London, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics. The LSE came from 1-0 down to King’s to win the grand final 2-1.
Varsity Games are aiming to create the UK's leading university games community, and will provide a platform for students to meet and play with fellow gamers in a casual setting on campus as well as competitively against other institutions. Besides the chance to launch an eSports career as a player, the platform also hopes to provide opportunities to get involved in commentary, film-making, web development and journalism, among others.
"Registration will be open soon", they say, and they have two events planned for spring and summer next year, so keep an eye on their website for more information. If you'd like to watch the London Dota 2 tournament, head over to their Twitch channel.
If you're studying at a UK university and at all interested in eSports, even if you're not a competitor, this is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new organisation and shape its future. I know if I were still at uni I'd grab it with both hands.