Esports Scotland Selecting Players & Coaches For Inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships
The inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships are set to take place in Birmingham on 6th and 7th of August at the International Convention Centre as part of a pilot alongside the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with players and teams from Scotland eligible to take part.
Esports Scotland, which recently completed its latest annual league competition, will be selecting the players and coaches for Team Scotland.
British Esports, in agreement with the Global Esports Federation (GEF), will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the European teams, which are:
- Isle of Man
- Northern Ireland
It’s likely that only one of the European teams per competition will progress and compete in the live finals in Birmingham, alongside the winners from regional qualifiers across the Commonwealth.
Support will be given by the BEA to the European teams in the live finals per title, including kit, training and boot camps.
The 2022 Championships will feature multi-genre titles, including a MOBA title, and individual and team sports-based titles with participation from esports athletes from across the Commonwealth. Renowned global titles are in the final stages of confirmation and will be announced on 22nd February 2022.
The Commonwealth Esports Championships was sanctioned by the CGF Executive Board to be held at the same time as the 2022 Commonwealth Games while being independent of Birmingham 2022 and its Sports programme. It will have separate branding, medals, organisation, and governance, led by the GEF and its community of partners.
Competitors may represent either their country of birth, or the country of birth to which one of their parents belong (by citizenship/passport) – as long as either is in the Commonwealth.
James Hood, CEO of Esports Scotland, said:
We are delighted esports will be represented in Birmingham at this summer’s Commonwealth Esports Championships. We want to unite Scotland’s gamers, coaches and fans to represent the Scottish esports community and compete on the global stage – and hopefully we can bring some gold medals home.”
British Esports Association: Andy Payne OBE, Chair, said:
When we established the BEA in 2016, we did it with the aspiration that esports would become recognised for the incredible value it provides its community.
The gaming community has long understood that esports helps teamwork, communication and strategic thinking, together with combating loneliness. Alongside this, it creates opportunities for its athletes to participate in a team environment in a similar way to traditional sports; with similar benefits for participants.
We advocate the values of representation, whether that is your team, school, county, or country and as such are delighted to see that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) recognises its potential too. Furthermore, it is an honour that we get to showcase the values of esports whilst the Commonwealth Games is underway here in the UK.
The BEA is fresh from the successful participation at the Global Esports Games which took place in Singapore in December 2021, where the Great Britain team secured its first medal (silver in the DOTA 2 women’s competition).
We are pleased to already be in a position to announce that Mark Weller will be Team Manager for England and that John Jackson and Esports Wales will be selecting the Welsh players and James Hood and Esports Scotland will be selecting the Scottish players. Further updates will follow.
We will be working with the UKETC and the UK’s esports communities to support all the efforts in 2022.
Mark Weller, Esports England Manager, said:
After a successful campaign with the GB esports roster in Singapore last year, I am honoured to have been named as Team Manager for England heading into the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championship. I’m excited to showcase the excellent talent this country has to offer and as always, hope to inspire the next generation of talent within our country, crown nations and beyond’.
Gweirydd Davies, Chair of Board, Esports Wales:
With the dramatic rise of esports in recent years, it is a great honour to see Wales competing on the global stage in the Commonwealth Esports Championships. We look forward to working together in partnership to further develop a pathway for an inclusive, progressive, and visionary future for Esports in Wales and beyond.”