Amazon University Esports, a tournament series for university students in the UK and Ireland, has returned for the spring split with a new university leaderboard.
Apex Legends has been added for the first time as a regular season tournament, joining the likes of League of Legends, Valorant, Teamfight Tactics, CSGO, Clash Royale, Rocket League, Overwatch 2 and Rainbow Six Siege.
Another new addition for this academic year is the Amazon University Esports Leaderboard, a ranking system where every team and player can contribute to their university’s points total by taking part and winning games.
After the Winter split, the University of Warwick is currently in the lead (insert surprised Pikachu meme here), but with the leaderboard continuing into spring it still remains all to play for. Imperial College London is second and the University of Bristol is third.
Separate tournament NSE has had a leaderboard for a few years now, and last year saw University of Warwick named UK’s Esports University of the Year for fourth year in a row in the NSE standings.
The Amazon University Esports team has also announced the University Tour, a tour of multiple universities across the country, which aims to raise awareness of the competition and provide students with a variety of experiences linked to the environment of esports and gaming.
University Tour is set to launch in the UK in Spring, visiting eight universities around the UK, to be announced soon.
Amazon University Esports Spring Split 2023 leads to Europe-wide Masters tournament
All of the Amazon University Esports tournaments start afresh for the Spring season, with teams playing regularly over eight weeks and competing to feature in the grand finals in March and April.
Players of League of Legends, Valorant, Rocket League, Teamfight Tactics and Clash Royale will also have the opportunity to compete to represent Great Britain at the Amazon University Esports Masters, the on-site competition that brings together the best teams from 16 countries, who will seek to be crowned European champions at university level.
David Jackson, Amazon University Esports UK & Ireland Country Manager, said: “Our core goals are to increase participation, create a positive and supportive environment for students, and help develop the grassroots of UK and Ireland esports. After a successful Winter split, I am delighted to begin a new phase of Amazon University Esports in the UK and Ireland.
The organisation also has a focus on education, with workshops, training and guest lectures available.
There are also dozens of paid roles offered for early-career esports broadcasters and league operations staff, which organisers say helps support the pipeline of future esports professionals.
The separate Amazon University Esports competition returns after a winter split which featured over 1,000 university teams from more than 100 UK universities, alongside dozens of community gaming events and many students getting their first work experience in the industry.
Amazon University Esports is present in more than 20 countries on four continents. It’s the branding in the UK for what was previously known as NUEL tournaments, with NUEL still on board running the Amazon University Esports tournaments, but the NUEL branding not as prominent.
Registration for the second split competitions are now open, and more information can be found on the Amazon University Esports website.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.
Leave a Reply