Ready player one: Confetti is the new centre for esports

Monday August 16, 2021

The esports sector has seen exponential growth over the past couple of years and this has given students the opportunity to develop careers in an area they are passionate about.

While gaming lies at the heart of the esports industry, there are so many more roles that are available within the industry – from commentators and analysts, to event managers, producers and marketing specialists.

Here at Confetti we are bringing over 20 years of expertise in the creative industries to host, inspire and educate the next generations of esports professionals on our BSc (Hons) Esports Production degree.

We have places still available for our BSc (Hons) Esports Production course through Clearing. To find out more call 0115 848 6000 to speak to the Admissions team at our partners Nottingham Trent University.

About the esports industry

Esports has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years buoyed by the success of big games like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and Dota 2, as well as streaming platforms like Twitch, which allow fans from across the globe to watch all the action live.

  • Esports provides over 1,200 jobs across the UK, spread across management, content creators, players
  • Just one esports event can generate the equivalent of 238 full-time jobs
  • THE UK esports industry has grown 8.5% a year between 2016 and 2019

Studying esports at Confetti

Unlike some esports degrees that look to provide an all-round view of the competitive gaming industry, Confetti has created an Esports Production degree to offer a hands-on and practical learning experience within the esports sector.

As its name suggests, the course will focus on live event production; from small scale grassroots leagues to large scale leagues and finals, as well as event management, game analysis, entrepreneurship, broadcast production, understanding and using emerging technologies, and business development.

Students will get the chance to work with top names in the industry and work on real-world content creation and live event projects.

A new home for esports – Confetti X

Confetti X will bring together years of expertise in live events, content creation, streaming and competitive gaming. The complex, scheduled to open at the end of 2021, will be a space for students to access the very best facilities and technology for esports production and other emerging technologies.

With strong links with industry, the 14,000 sqft complex will play host to amateur and professional esports tournaments, coaching and training for teams, and a host of other live events.

Here are just some of the features:

  • A 100-seater 4,000 sqft multi-event esports venue and content studio
  • 4k broadcast and content creation infrastructure
  • High spec broadcast gallery, including full audio and vision mixing, motion graphics, lighting and virtual environmental control
  • Team warm-up facilities, and training suites with individual streaming stations
  • Virtual live productions with Unreal Engine
  • 10m x 4m 4K LED video wall with LED wings
  • Multiple shoutcaster and analyst rooms
  • Green screen studio for virtual sets

Do It For Real

Industry experience lies at the heart of all our courses and our students have access to work experience opportunities and guest lectures from some of the biggest names in esports.

This term alone, our esports students have had the chance to hear from leading figures, including:

  • Mark “Garvey” Candella – Twitch Director of Student & Education Programs
  • Julia Hardy – Tournament & video games host
  • Sally Blake – CEO of Silent Games
  • Sam Cooke – Managing Director at Esports Insider

And once restrictions were lifted, we supported our friends at the British Esports Association to host and stage the 2021 National Student Finals.

Held in Metronome, the day saw teams from across the country come together to fight out for the champion title on Overwatch, Rocket Leagues and League of Legends.

We have places still available for our BSc (Hons) Esports Production course through Clearing. To find out more call 0115 848 6000 to speak to the Admissions team at our partners Nottingham Trent University.