Our BSc (Hons) Esports Production degree students were treated to a special guest lecture from the National University Esports League (NUEL) and hear all about their work.
The NUEL team were on hand to offer students insight into the esports industry and the process of putting together a large-scale esports event. We caught up with second year student Alex who reviewed the session.
My name’s Alex and I’m a second year Esports Production student here at Confetti. In our Esports Event Management module we had a guest lecture from the National University Esports League (NUEL) team, consisting of their Broadcast Manager, Head of Community, and Head of Product.
The lecture started with a brief introduction covering what the NUEL does and how they run, presented by Peter, their Head of Product. The NUEL run an esports league for university students in the UK, hosting tournaments in games such as League of Legends, Hearthstone, CS: GO, Overwatch and Rocket League. They then talked a bit about the accomplishments of the NUEL, covered their goals and ethos.
It was great to hear more about the organisation that runs a lot of the university esports in the UK, from the people that make it all happen. It was also really motivating to see the passion they have for what they do.
After this broad introduction, Charlie (Broadcast Manager) and Abby (Head of Community) took over to talk about events management and the specifics of esports in the student space. Without wanting to go into too much detail, these are some of the main topics they covered: Risk assessments; KPIs; people management; and broadcast management. Although these are all topics I was familiar with, it was interesting to hear their real-world examples, pinpointing exactly why each of these topics is so important.
For me, the two points to take away from the lecture were the importance of closing out your event properly, both externally and internally, and the importance of looking after event attendees who aren’t members of your core target audience.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the NUEL team for coming to talk to us, it was especially engaging, after so many pandemic online lectures, to meet them and receive the lecture in person.