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100 DAYS TO GO UNTIL STACK FEST

Posted 31.05.2021

In wake of there being 100 days to go until Stack Fest begins on 9th September later this year, we’ve put together a list of top 10 esports tournaments to look forward to, in chronological order, between now and the end of the year!

Apex Legends Global Series Championship: Ongoing

The first honorable tournament on our list is the Apex Legends Global Series Championship, which is currently ongoing. Apex Legends teams from all over the world are competing for a prize pool of over $1 million.

Teams participating in the ALGS have qualified through a mixture of Winter Circuit Playoffs performances, ALGS points, and last-chance Championship qualifier tournaments. You can catch the action of the EMEA and NA regions starting on the 1st June, which you can find on the PlayApex Twitch channel.

Rocket League World Championship 2021: June

Psyonix has decided to postpone an in-person Rocket League World Championship until at least 2022, but the teams within the esport will still get a global tournament to participate in, which means you as a viewer will not be deprived of any action. The name of the event is the Rocket League Championship Series X Champion (RLCS X), and will consist of a week of thrilling Rocket League action between the community’s favourite teams.

The RLCS X aims to crown a winner from each respective region (North America, South America, Europe, Oceania), and you can watch the progress of each of these on the RocketLeague Twitch. For those only wishing to tune in for the highest-stakes games, the Grand Finals of the tournament are on June 19th and 20th. Europe and North America are competing for a prize pool of $400,000 each, and Oceania and South America for $100,000 per region.

Call of Duty Stage 4 Major: June

This event is the first on our list to not be held online. The Call of Duty Stage 4 Major will be hosted offline at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is the first Call of Duty offline event since the start of the pandemic, and will feature 12 teams fighting for a prize pool of $500,000, starting June 17th. The event will not feature a live-crowd, however, and only the teams and a select few members of CDL staff will be allowed to attend the arena. You can watch the CDL Stage 4 Major on the CODLeague YouTube channel.

FIFA 21 Europe Playoffs: July

The FIFA esports scene for the upcoming couple of months will feature a variety of regional playoffs. The European division of these is further split into two: a PS4 and an Xbox one respectively. The Europe Xbox playoffs will be on July 2nd-4th, and the Europe PS4 playoffs will feature the following week, on July 9th-11th.

That said, if you are interested in more than just the European division, there is something for you all throughout the weekends of June, as East Asia, West Asia, North America, and South America hold their respective playoffs through the coming weeks of June. Have a look at the EASPORTSFIFA Twitch channel for the upcoming matches.

Six August 2021 Major: August

Rainbow Six Siege fans just enjoyed an incredible tournament at the end of May, but that is not to say they will have to wait too long for even more of a good time. Teams will be playing off against each other throughout the next couple of weeks in order to try and qualify for the Six August 2021 Major, which is exciting in itself, but the Major will be the climax of this as 16 teams from all over the world will compete against each other in August for a prize pool of $500,000. This tournament is scheduled to occur offline, but it is not clear if there will be an audience. If this tournament and its upcoming qualifiers seem at all interesting to you, feel free to bookmark the Rainbow6 Twitch channel.

DOTA2: The International 10: August

The DOTA2 global championship has been long awaited by its fanbase after the complete cancellation of the event in 2020. The 2021 version of the International holds the official name of The International 10, and it's bound to be an amazing show as the esport celebrates the 10th iteration of its competitive league.

The event is to take place in the Avicii Arena in Stockholm through August 5th to 15th, and the prize pool is already said to be over $40 million. If you understand the title at even a basic level, this event is definitely one worth tuning into, if even just for the opening ceremony, later this year.

SEPTEMBER 9TH-11TH: STACK FEST!

At Stack Fest you will be able to take part in various tournaments and be a player yourself! Keep an eye on our socials for further detail and announcements. As a teaser, just know that some of your favourite esports organisations are developing our competitive elements of Stack Fest with us. Get your Stack Fest tickets here now.

PGL Major 2021: October

The PGL Major is set to be one of the biggest CS:GO events of the year. This event will take place in Stockholm, also in the Avicii Arena like the International 10. 24 CS:GO teams will compete for a prize pool of $2 million, and the tournament will feature a journey of elimination until only 8 teams remain to play for it all in the final stage of the competition, called The New Champions Stage. You can catch the top-tier CS:GO action from October 20th through until the final on November 7th on the PGL Twitch channel.

LoL World Championship 2021: October

The League of Legends World Championship is one of the most awaited esports tournaments of the year for diehard fans and casual enjoyers alike. The eleventh iteration of the tournament does not have a specified start date yet, but this is speculated to be around mid-October, with the conclusion of the event currently confirmed for the 6th November.

The event will be hosted offline in Shenzhen, China. Due to the Covid-19 influenced limitation of the 2020 Worlds, China will host Worlds again as they did in 2020, and North America will be a host location for 2022 instead of 2021. The starting prize pool for the tournament is currently $2.25 million, but this is expected to rise with the addition of in-game item sales which count towards the prize pool at a certain point in the year.

There will be 24 teams from all over the world competing for the Summoner’s Cup, and the Knockout Stage (first stage) has been confirmed to be hosted at the Universiade Sports Centre Stadium. You should be able to catch the event on the Riot Games Twitch channel as always.

PUBG Global Championship 2021: November

The PUBG Global Championship 2021 in November later this year will be the apex of PUBG esports for the 2021 season. The event is to be hosted offline, and may even have a live audience but this is not confirmed nor denied, mostly as its location is not yet confirmed. If the February/March Global Invitational.S is anything to go by, the event is set to have over $7 million in prize pool value, and should consist of 16 or more teams competing. The confirmed game mode is Squads in first person, and you should be able to catch the action on the PUBG Twitch channel. We expect more info to be released later in the year, but the significance of this esport, particularly in the East, cannot be ignored and thus for sure makes our list of top 10 upcoming esports tournaments of the year.

VALORANT Champions 2021: November

There is no denying that VALORANT is an esport that has some of the fastest growth from its inception. The game is still very much in its infancy when it comes to the esports life cycle, and yet it is already attracting viewership to match some of the titan esports titles that have taken years to get to where they are.

The VALORANT Champions Tour is the name of the VALORANT circuit of year-long tournaments, and its conclusion will be a two-week long international, offline Champions event which will commence on November 29th and run on until December 12th. The prize pool for that is still to be announced, but for sure even the opportunity for a team to become the first VALORANT world champion is already a great honour.

For a taste of how hype-filled VALORANT events already are, tune in into the ongoing VALORANT Masters Reykjavik on the VALORANT Twitch channel. You may find yourself a fan of the esport quicker than you think, with its supportive, enthusiastic community and the great production quality.

So, with 100 days to go until Stack Fest and counting, there is plenty of opportunity to witness your favourite esports teams clashing against each other in various titles, and who knows, you might be able to see some of them in person at our pro-player meets on Day 3 of Stack Fest....

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STACK FEST ANNOUNCES FUTURE TALENT AND PLAYER DAYS

Posted 19.05.2021

Major new three-day esports festival, Stack Fest, arrives at Here East, London in September 2021.

London, 19th May 2021: Following the launch announcement last month, major new esports festival, Stack Fest, today announces further details of their inaugural live event. This coincides with the release of public tickets to days 2 and 3 of the festival.

Stack Fest is set to become a landmark event in the UK esports calendar and will feature well-known esports and games brands, pro teams and athletes, higher education agents, along with the fan community, all coming together for a unique three- day epic esports gathering.

Following last month’s launch of Esports Ambition Day 1 industry tickets, now focus turns to Talent Aspiration Day 2 and Player Action Day 3, which will offer a host of unique opportunities and activities for both students and the public.

Talent Aspiration, taking place on Friday 10th September will be led by Education Partner Staffordshire University London and will offer those who want to build a career from their passion for games an incredible opportunity to find out more about career pathways and meet with studios.

Key programme highlights include “Insider tips on routes into the esports event and communications industry” with Esports Insider and a panel session titled “Diversity within the industry; the highs, the lows and the where to goes’ chaired by Robin Gray, founder of Gayming Magazine. There’ll also be an opportunity to get real careers insight with “University alumni from the classroom to the studio’, a panel session exploring graduate journeys, where they are now and the advice they have for emerging talent.

Matt Brindley-Sadler, Director of Staffordshire University London commented, "We are so excited for Stack Fest. This will be a truly inspiring event where educators, industry professionals, fans, gamers and commentators all come together to engage in a brilliant series of events. Staffordshire University London is proud that we are the exclusive education partner and we are really excited to showcase our campus and all the opportunities that students can take advantage of whilst studying their passion".

Saturday 11th September is dedicated to Player Action and created for both single and multi-players. On the day you can take part in the SF21 Ulti Cup, a live tournament with teams assembled on the day, meet and greets with pro-teams, brand competitions and game tutorials. Guests can try shout-casting or producing a live game, take in a cheat skills session and have an opportunity to talk to the game makers and broadcasters.

This experience is about community and getting close to the pros. Sessions will also explore ways for you to boost your social media profile or how to apply your passion for gaming and esports to design your ultimate career.

“Player Action” offers a range of entertainment for the whole family, so bring a parent, guardian or sibling along so they can try being immersed in your world and get connected to games as you are.

London Esports will be featured across the festival and will be presenting on how to build a successful esports brand, along with opportunities to meet their pro-players. Alfie Wright, Founder and CEO of London Esports commented, “We’re super excited to be welcoming our fans at Stack Fest in September, with so many different activities we really believe this is a must attend event!”

A major draw of Stack Fest is its stunning location. Located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East boasts tenants including the likes of BT Sport, Sports Interactive, Ford Europe, and FIIT. It is home to over 4,500 academics and innovators, and is designed to foster collaboration, allowing tenants to collaborate, scale and grow at pace. An inspiring setting for anyone looking to start their esports career.

Tickets for days 2 and 3 are on sale now from www.stack-fest.com and include a reduced student price at just £10 per day plus booking fee, or both days for £15. General admission is £20 plus booking fee for either day. Under 14s go free.

Content and sessions for all three days are being created on a daily basis as the festival programme constantly expands. Please also visit the website to sign-up for further information.

Notes:

Here East, in London’s Olympic Park, is the UK’s fastest growing esports hub, and Stack Fest is set to become a flagship event in the country’s esports calendar, with sessions and activities for industry professionals, students and the gaming community.

Holland Alexander are the festival producers and designers as a co-founding partner. Here East is a joint founding partner and venue host.

Staffordshire University London is the Education Partner of the festival and host for content across the three days.

You can keep up to date with news from Stack on Twitter and Instagram.

If you’d be interesting in registering your interest in accreditation to the live event days and any pre-event press activities, please complete this online form.

For more information or images please contact the festival Media Manager Gabby Miller at gabrielle@hollandalexander.com.

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ESPORTS AMBITION STAGE HOST CONFIRMED

Posted 28.04.2021

Introducing our Esports Ambition stage host - Elle Osili-Wood.

Elle Osili-Wood is an award-winning television presenter and journalist, specialising in arts and entertainment. As an arts presenter for Radio 4, and awards host for BAFTA, Elle is an industry go-to for cultural coverage, and her extensive video games career, hosting for brands including PlayStation, Xbox, and Ubisoft, has seen her named one of the most influential women in gaming, by GamesIndustry.biz.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to create world-cla­ss esports cluster

Posted 14.04.2021

A new report by Here East and Arena Consultancy outlines a roadmap to accelerate the growth of esports cluster and aims to harness unique assets of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to create a globally competitive esports cluster.

Here East has committed to leading a major new initiative to accelerate the growth of an esports cluster on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A new report published by Here East and Arena Consultancy, and supported by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has outlined a roadmap to create a world-class esports cluster that will drive job creation and bring an industry worth $180bn globally to east London.

Through interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, esports leaders and academics, Here East and LLDC have identified the unique characteristics that make Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the natural home for esports in the UK. These characteristics include state of the art sporting venues, close proximity to international esports teams and close engagement with academic institutions and local initiatives specialising in esports.

The report outlines a series of recommendations that Here East and LLDC believe will consolidate the Park’s position as the UK’s leading esports cluster. A dedicated team, led by Here East and LLDC and including other Park stakeholders and venues, will be established to deliver marketing and communication campaigns, new esports partnerships and collaborations with local initiatives to develop pathways to foster talent.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is already home to global esports competitions at the Copper Box Arena, Staffordshire University London – which offered the UK’s first esports undergraduate course – and esports and gaming businesses such as BT Sport, Sports Interactive and Bidstack.

The plan will build upon the long-term regeneration strategy being delivered by LLDC and stakeholders across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This includes realising the Park’s unique potential to establish a globally significant urban testbed focused on end-to-end innovation support. With its mix of world-class tech, creative, culture and higher education, the Park offers an unrivalled environment to support the emerging esports cluster.

The plan will also benefit from use of the existing mechanisms that LLDC, Here East and other Park partners have in place for stakeholder and community engagement. In particular, the existing relationships with youth networks will be a real strength in terms of communication about the games business.

Considering esports generated £60m in revenue across the UK in 2019, creating a world-class esports cluster on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park would accelerate the growth of the industry in the UK and drive job creation and economic growth in London.

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, comments, “Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park already hosts some of the most high profile esports competitions, teams and businesses in the UK and Here East has become the fastest growing community of esports innovation in the country.

“This report outlines our vision to transform the Park into a world-class esports cluster that sends a clear message to the global esports community – London has the talent, venues and expertise to become a global capital for esports.”

Download the report HERE

Find out more about Arena Consultancy

"We have outlined an ambitious roadmap to realise the potential of esports on the Park in a way that brings significant economic and social benefits to the capital, the emerging British esports industry and local communities. We look forward to working with the London Legacy Development Company and the wider Park community to bring this roadmap to life."

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East

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STACK FEST LAUNCHES AS UK ESPORTS BOOMS

Posted 14.04.2021

London is set to host a major new three-day esports festival, as Stack Fest comes to Here East in September 2021.

London, 14th April 2021: Today, Stack Fest announces its inaugural event, taking place at Here East in September 2021. The event will feature well-known esports and games brands, pro teams and athletes, higher education agents, along with the fan community, all coming together for a unique three- day epic esports gathering.

The launch of Stack Fest comes at a pivotal time of growth for esports in the UK. In March 2021, the UKIE UK Games Industry report valued the games and esports industry at £7bn, demonstrating the huge potential in this marketplace.

Linked to the recent release of the strategy to curate an esports cluster on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stack Fest will bring together the leading global players based in and around the esports destination and clearly demonstrate its potential to build a UK esports powerhouse in east London.

Stack Fest will encompass three streams across three days; day 1 (9th September) hosts Esports Ambition for industry, Talent Aspiration (10th September) led by Education Partner Staffordshire University London is for those who want to build a career from their passion for games and Player Action (11th September) on the final day is dedicated to fandom which will bring together pro- teams, players, fans and host the new Stack Fest Ulti Cup tournament.

Tickets are now released for the Esports Ambition day 1 where delegates will hear from the leading brands and names on trends, strategy and forecasts as the sector continues its growth trajectory, along with the challenges and opportunities that brings.

Following on from the extended pandemic restrictions Stack Fest will offer the industry an opportunity to meet in-person and grow in a digi-tech space that is Here East and SUL which are set to continue to play a significant role in the growth of UK esports.

Located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East is home to over 4,500 academics and innovators, and is designed to foster collaboration, allowing tenants to collaborate, scale and grow at pace, with tenants including the likes of BT Sport, Sports Interactive, Ford Europe, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, and FIIT. Plexal – its innovation and co-working space - is located at the heart of the campus and connects startups with academia, government, investors and corporate giants to support their growth and development of solutions to societal issues.

Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East added, "The community that we've built at Here East has seen Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park become the UK's fastest growing esports cluster. Stack Fest will see us bring live esports activation on site and work with our tenants, as well as a wide section of the esports community, to create a truly unique and exciting event."

Stack Education Partner Staffordshire University London offers a popular BA Esports degree, which sees students developing their knowledge of esports culture, fan engagement, business operations and esports events, and also features a range of pioneering courses and aligned pathway subjects. The second day of the festival will see SUL lead on a packed day of inspiring education, research and careers content for those looking to breakthrough into the industry along with a number of brands and names students will want to hear from.

Matt Brindley-Sadler, Director of Staffordshire University London commented, "Staffordshire University London is delighted to be working with Stack as the festival's exclusive Education Partner. Our portfolio of courses offer students an extensive range of study options anchored to developing technologies in order to prepare graduates for exciting futures in some of the fastest growing industries in the world. From the first dedicated BA Esports degree in the UK to our industry recognised Computer Games Design and Concept Art for Games & Film programs, we provide a unique student experience for learners within a state of the art campus and Stack will be a fantastic platform to inspire that next generation of talent."

Day 3 is dedicated to “Player Action” and created for both single and multi-players. This content is all about the players. Sessions include a live tournament with teams assembled on the day to compete in the SF21 Ulti Cup, meet and greets with pro-teams, brand competitions to game tutorials. Guests can try shout-casting or producing a live game, take in a cheat skills session and have an opportunity to talk to the game makers and broadcasters.

This experience is about fandom and getting close to the pros. Sessions will also explore ways for ticket holders to boost your social media profile or how to apply your passion for games to design your ultimate career. This event offers a range of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Stack Fest produced and designed by live experience activation specialists, Holland Alexander. The team have been producing sport and game audience events since 2005 including major events at the US game destinations of GDC and E3 and on UK shores at Develop and Leamington Spa’s Interactive Futures.

Managing Director of Holland Alexander Louise Holland, said; _“The growth of the esports industry creates an appetite for a unique event like Stack Fest in the UK. Collaborating with Here East and SUL provides the perfect location and content mix to be exploring to the future of esports. The line up of presenters and sessions is truly global- class, along with inspiring “how-to” career pathway content pieces and creating must-win competitions for the fans will all generate the in-person event buzz we have all be waiting for. We are looking forward to releasing news on the content pieces in the coming weeks.” _

Please visit www.stack-fest.com to buy, or to sign up for more information as further festival information on days 2 and 3 are announced. Tickets for the Esports Ambition industry event on 9th September are on sale now. Tickets for the Talent Aspiration on 10th September and Player Action on 11th September events priced at £10 for students will be released on 19th May.

Notes:

Here East, in London’s Olympic Park, is the UK’s fastest growing esports hub, and Stack Fest is set to become a flagship event in the country’s esports calendar, with sessions and activities for industry professionals, students and the gaming community

Holland Alexander are the festival producers and designers as a co-founding partner. Here East is a joint founding partner and venue host.

Staffordshire University London is the Education Partner of the festival and host for content across the three days.

You can keep up to date with news from Stack on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information or images please contact the festival Media Manger Gabby Miller at gabrielle@hollandalexander.com.

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