Over 100 delegates virtually attended Scotland’s first ever #EsportsinEducation Conference on Wednesday 24 March 2021. The conference was delivered in partnership with the British Esports Association on CDN’s Virtual Conference Centre platform. We were delighted to welcome delegates from all over the UK, as well as an international audience from countries including Australia, Denmark, Iceland, India, Japan, Nigeria, Sweden and USA.

We wanted to share some of our event highlights…

The rise of esports

The global esports market draws an audience of half a billion people and the UK’s esports market has seen an average annual increase of 8.5% between 2016 and 2019.

Chester King, founder of the British Esports Association, thinks that Scotland is in a brilliant position to capitalize on esports. He is keen to promote the values and transferrable skills of esports, and to create and develop education pathways. Chester said: ‘We believe the skills around esports are incredibly important.’

Esports in education

Mark McCready, British Esports Association’s Scotland representative, explained how he set up the Esports Society whilst studying at Queen Margaret University. The society, which is student-led through the university’s student unions, has been a great way for students to stay connected during the pandemic. Mark said: ‘The esports industry provides opportunities for a lot of different roles and professions.’

We also heard from Forth Valley College’s Student President Andrew Smirthwaite, who spoke about what it was like to compete in the first Scottish College Cup video gaming competition in November 2020. Andrew also explained how clubs and societies help students to grow:

Several colleges in Scotland are already providing esports opportunities, explained Michael Griffiths, Glasgow Clyde College’s Senior Lecturer in Computing, who shared how the college has introduced esports into the curriculum. ‘Creating a non-toxic, respectable environment is vital for encouraging females into esports,’ he added.

Esports in schools

Emma Liston, a music teacher at Alva Academy, created an esports team at the school, and told us about the benefits she has seen in pupils joining, which include increased confidence and building relationships with peers. Her advice is to ‘make esports appeal to your senior management team.’

Women in Esports

Morgan Ashurst, Marketing Manager, and Alice Leaman, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer at the British Esports Association, spoke candidly about the campaign to celebrate women within the esports industry. Morgan said: ‘It is still seen as a male-dominated industry and since more people are joining the industry, we are looking at the role education plays in helping to increase female participation.’

If you missed the conference or want to revisit the event, then you will be pleased to hear that the event is now available to watch back on CDN’s event platform.

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