Amazon University Esports UK is kicking off its second season, with UK university esports operator NUEL delivering the tournament once again.
This new edition will hope to see some 900 teams and 6,500 students from 95 UK universities, as per the usual NUEL tournaments, and for the first time, universities from the Republic of Ireland will be able to take part in the esports competition.
Spanish firm GGTech is also involved, following the initial Amazon/NUEL/GGTech partnership announcement back in early 2020. This saw NUEL’s regular competitive UK university esports tournaments adopt the Amazon University Esports branding.
The NUEL’s Twitter name is now ‘Amazon University Esports | NUEL’ and Amazon University Esports branding is prominent on the NUEL website.
The Amazon University Esports UK will feature tournaments in games including League of Legends, Team Fight Tactics and Valorant, as well as Clash Royale, CSGO, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League. The winners of the different games will share a prize pool of more than £35,000.
There are also tournaments for women and non-binary players, as there have been in past editions. A new Valorant tournament for women and non-binary players has been added for the first time, joining League of Legends.
GGTech said in a press release: “The success achieved last year has led GGTech to emphasise the importance of these competitions to promote equal opportunities, through a League of Legends tournament, in which the winners of the last edition and of this one, will compete again, in the global Women in Games Awards.”
As it was in previous editions, Amazon University Esports will once again be supported by Intel and SteelSeries.
GGTech also works on university tournaments with Amazon in Italy, Spain, France and Germany, with the Amazon University Esports Masters bringing together university champions from across Europe to compete with one another.
Amazon also recently sponsored Riot’s European League of Legends tournament, the Amazon European Masters.
There’s more info including registration details on the NUEL 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.