FIGHT! Scotland’s Esports Stars to Battle For £10,000 at Showcase Event

Esports Scotland will host an epic four-day finals event at Dundee Contemporary Arts, with the nation’s top gamers set to compete for a share of a record £10,000 prize pot

The Scottish Esports League Season 4 (SEL4), will be the nation’s largest competitive gaming competition to date, as Esports Scotland announces that a showcase event will be held at the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre.

Following the success of SEL3 and the continued growth of Esports Scotland in 2020, Scotland’s top teams are preparing to compete for a place at a ground-breaking four-day grand finals event, scheduled for November 2021. A £10,000 reward will be on offer: the largest prize pool in Scottish Esports history.

The rocketing popularity of Esports was magnified across Scotland in the last year as youngsters, celebrities and athletes alike switched on their consoles and PCs to escape from lockdown boredom. Even Scotland’s national men’s football stars, including John McGinn and Ryan Christie, got involved in the action by turning to gaming to keep themselves sharp between matches as they recovered at their UEFA EURO 2020 camp.

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Last year’s Esports Scotland competition, SEL3, saw 590 players compete across three games: Rocket League, Counter Strike Global Offensive, and Rainbow Six Siege. A record number of players are expected to enter the frame at SEL4, with two new games, League of Legends and Valorant, joining the returning titles as the tournament continues to grow and gain momentum. 

Players are being invited to tune their skills at next month’s pre-season stage, ahead of the competitive action, which starts with an online tournament in late September. Successful players will then compete for a sought-after place at the SEL4 Grand Finals being held at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Fans can register interest to attend Dundee’s first-of-its kind gaming finale on the Esports Scotland website, for a chance to watch some of the country’s most talented players competing.

Amongst the contenders in previous years were popular YouTuber, Gary Marley, and his brother, Marc Marley who has made a name for himself as a professional FIFA player, alongside the likes of Adam Ryan who is competes on the global stage.

Beth Bate, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, said:

We’re delighted to be working with Esports Scotland on bringing this finals event to Dundee, supporting the city and Scotland’s tech sector. Competitive gaming connects people from across the world and we’re very proud to have such a strong home for it here in Dundee. We’re looking forward to welcoming gamers to DCA for this exciting competition.

James Hood, owner of Esports Scotland, said:

Throughout lockdown, we witnessed more people playing games than ever before, so we’re excited to provide a platform for the nation’s gamers to develop their talent, and appetite for competitive match play. I’m a true believer that we have the potential to produce Esports icons of the future, so striving to offer a top-level environment for them to progress here in Scotland has been a huge goal of ours.

Scottish Esports League Season 4 will mark another major milestone for Esports Scotland and we’re delighted with our progression over the past 12 months, which has allowed us to secure such a modern and technologically advanced venue. We’re hugely excited that our dream to host an event of this calibre is becoming a reality.

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Competitors and teams must be a minimum of 16/18 years old – dependant on titles to be played – with at least 66% of the team born or residing in Scotland.

Additional information and full event details – including registration – can be found on the Esports Scotland website.

The online tournament and grand finals will be broadcast free on the Esports Scotland Twitch channel.

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