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ESL UK and Varsity Games Partner for Derby Series Leicester: Leicester University & De Montfort University

Press release   •   Feb 13, 2017 12:43 GMT

Students will play and operate all production and broadcast talent positions in the first in of Varsity Games’ new educational-competitive crossover events.

Varsity Games, in partnership and with support from ESL UK, are pleased to announce the first in the new Derby Series of events on the 11th March 2016.

The revolutionary event will not only give students in the city of Leicester a chance to decide once and for all who has the stronger League Of Legends roster, but will also see eighteen students operating all staff and broadcast talent positions – from Producer to Desk Host. The Derby Series therefore presents an educational opportunity for students looking to develop careers in esports.

Rob Black, of ESL UK, stated ‘We’re really excited to be involved in helping to facilitate, not just the next generation of Esports players from the UK, but also the next generation of Esports industry professionals. Being able to do that while supporting students in our local Leicester community makes this one of the highlights of our year so far.’

Amy Yu, Managing Director for Varsity Games, said: ‘There’s growing enthusiasm for gaming within UK universities - and the mission of Varsity Games is to provide an authentic grassroots platform to recognise and reward student players competing to represent their universities. Our Derby series aims to bring local tournaments to regional university teams and we are excited to be kicking off the first event at the ESL studio!’

Tickets for the event are available here. For press enquiries please contact

ESL is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, StarCraft® II World Championship Series, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the esport’s ecosystem. With offices in Germany, UK, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, Australia, North America and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint.