Nottingham’s Confetti bids to become UK centre for esports

Nottingham's Confetti is building world-leading esports facility 'Confetti-X'.

Nottingham’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is bidding to make the city an emerging UK centre for esports through high-tech production facilities and innovative courses in gaming.

Confetti, a part of Nottingham Trent University, recently became the first in the UK to launch an Esports Production degree and announced plans to build a new £5 million multi-event esports venue and content creation facility called Confetti X.

From January 7-9 Confetti is hosting ‘Halo Clash Series’, an international collegiate esports tournament for charity – the world’s first live studio event in 2022 for the newly released Halo Infinite game.

The event is being supported by esports personalities Leon Gids, Jacky, Blank, Lethal_HT and Iain Chambers.

Confetti’s Halo Clash Series will be followed by the hugely popular ‘Six Memevitational’, a global celebration of the Rainbow 6 Siege game with the biggest casters, pro players and content creators involved from around the world.

Jakub Szmyt, HE Esports Tutor at Confetti said: “Confetti’s BSc (Hons) Esports Production course values hands-on and live experience heavily over anything else. This is why we’re hosting the Halo Clash Series and the Memevitational at our venue as it is another opportunity out of the many for students to jump on board and get involved in esports in different ways.”

Both event production teams will be collaborating closely with Confetti’s esports production and live technical events students; providing them real-life, hands-on experience, plus access and opportunity to a network of contacts within the global esports industry.

Confetti is also due welcome back the British Esports Association to its city centre campus in June 2022 to host the 2021-22 British Esports Championships.

The UK esports sector grew an average 8.5 per cent annually between 2016 and 2019 alone according to a new report evaluating the potential growth of the competitive gaming business.

Commissioned by UK video game trade body Ukie, the report also estimates the industry now employs more than 1,200 people in the UK.

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