Esports has been gaining momentum in Great Britain. Last week they had UKIE Publish a white paper to develop esports in UK. The British Esports Association, established to “support, promote and instill good governance for amateur esports players and teams,” announced today its advisory board, and launched its full website.
The new website is aimed at becoming an information hub with providing data, advice and support for newer players.
“I am really proud and honoured to be taking this role on for British Esports at such an exciting time for the industry. We have assembled a really talented group of esports professionals to interact with the community and guide our activities. There is much to do, but given the talent assembled, we will be able to make a significant difference over the coming 12 months, bring it on.” commented Andy Payne.
The advisory board will be led by British Esports Chair, Andy Payne OBE, and includes for 2017:
- Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, Veteran Esports Host, Caster and Presenter
- Richard Lewis, Esports Journalist of the Year
- Michael “ODEE” O’Dell, President Team Dignitas
- Craig “Wizzo” Fletcher, Founder Multiplay
- Chris Mead, Twitch‘s UK Director of Partnerships
- Ryan Hart, World Champion Esports Player
- Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe, Colour Caster
- Josh Williams, Founder, National University Esports League
- Carleigh Morgan, Academic
- Andrew Nixon, Partner at Sheridans
It is interesting to note that the British Esports Chair Andy Payne also chaired and led the UKIE from 2005 to 2015 and continues to work there as a board member—UKIE is the organization representing the games and interactive entertainment industry, which lobbied last week towards the British government.