A Professional Gaming Arena/Room on Frenchay Campus.

Extra Information: 

For years now, UWE Esports has competed at the highest level of university competition. Our teams have gained huge success in recent years, winning 7 national university championships and consistently finishing within the top 10 teams in various tournaments. Competing within the national BUCS table, UWE Esports is considered one of the university giants.

 

We are seeing other universities investing heavily into Esports: https://www.nse.gg/news/university-of-warwick-invests-275-000-in-new-esports-centre/

In order to continue to compete with universities such as Warwick, we need to be doing the same.

 

The new practice room will take our teams to the next level by providing them with a professional environment and allowing members to practice at dedicated time slots, increasing competitiveness. Furthermore, It increases accessibility to all students, allowing for an even playing field for those without the funds to afford high quality equipment.

 

This new room will also provide us with the equipment to host LAN events at our university. We had planned our first LAN for March 2020 but due to COVID-19 it had to be moved to an online event instead. The "SWOLE" or the South-West's Outstanding LAN Event was still a huge success and we had over 200 players over 2 weekends and managed to get a huge viewership on twitch thanks to our promotion on social media. Having a professional setup to host this event would encourage university teams from all over the South West of the UK to come and compete at UWE.

 

The arena would be used 7 days a week because UWE Esports competes in a different discipline every day. As well as Esports, The Video Gaming Society would very much benefit from an arena to host events and casual gaming nights for the public.

 

The arena has a great opportunity to be setup as very charitable, many people would offer to volunteer and help run the place. Charity events and private rental could be made available to all students with profits going back into the community.

 

UWE Esports have already obtained 14 high-end Keyboards, Mice, Mouse mats and Headsets. All that is needed to setup is a room (Student Venture's room or 1 of the many unused computer rooms on campus). If the equivalent number of High-Spec Computers and Monitors could be obtained, we would happily donate the equipment we have already obtained to achieve this goal.

 

With the combined numbers within Esports and the Video Game Societies, there would be easily enough interest from 500 students, but I imagine with good promotion that the number would increase a lot.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read through my idea.

Actions Taken

  • This idea opened on 02 November 2021 and closes for voting on 24 November 2021.
  • This Idea has passed. The SU will begin work on making this Idea a reality as soon as possible.
  • February 2022: The Students' Union's VP Societies and Communication has been working closely with the ideas proposer and has also been in contact with the relevent UWE staff. The current plan is to have 12-15 computers. The working group assigned to this idea are currently working on the issues such as maintenance and the need for additional log in accounts. 

Discuss

Callum Jones
4:08pm on 27 Nov 21 E-sports is a huge space and this would be amazing to see. imagine huge competition space! it would be great.
Viljo Wilding
12:34pm on 18 Nov 21 A lot of potential here, and I think UWE already has sufficiently powerful computers (there are good GPUs and CPUs in the Frenchay library PC lab)
Norbert Kupeczki
12:02am on 11 Nov 21 This would not only benefit the Esport society but also can be beneficial for the Games Tech program as well.
Elizaveta Vasileva
7:54pm on 10 Nov 21 I think this has a lot of potential and would be beneficial for all students, not only Esports, plus I want them to stay on top for their competitions!
Conrad Wilson
1:26pm on 9 Nov 21 This is what we've needed for years. A space dedicated to Esports so that teams can come in, work within the same space, device new strategies, and bolster a true sense of comradery. We all know from COVID that nothing beats in-real-life events and not only would the room be great for a variety of events, teams from a range of Esports can all have allotted times, and the room would look reeeally good for the university and would totally be a highlight reason for me to pick studying at UWE over other universities! Also, having a room means we could host cross-university events there, bettering the link with those unis further than ever before! I 100% think this should happen!
Wai Wong
12:45pm on 7 Nov 21 Would be a great addition for those who would like to host LAN events that isn't strictly just E-Sport, as in other societies can book it too when E-Sport isn't using it. I do see a flaw in this if some of the machine break down or the required software isn't available. IT usually takes a while to respond to these problems so while it may look good at the start, the maintenance will be a major problem in that room over time.
Aidan Akinyele
9:44am on 7 Nov 21 I feel it'll be a great idea to have our own gaming space in the SU
Leo Gordon-Brown
5:09pm on 6 Nov 21 The idea of having a specific area for Esports allows for increased team chemistry, while also giving the players somewhere to learn, discuss tactics and hang out after/before games.
Luke Rutherford
11:14am on 6 Nov 21 A room would be very beneficial to the society and everyone else with an interest in Esports or gaming in general. Whether it's hosting community nights or competing/practising agasint over universities, everyone with this interest will have a reason to use this room. UWE is still behind in picking up Esports compared to competing universities such as Chichester who has an Esport degree (https://britishesports.org/news/education-and-esports-which-colleges-and-universities-are-offering-courses/) and Warwick who have invested significantly in their own Esport scene (https://www.nse.gg/news/university-of-warwick-invests-275-000-in-new-esports-centre/)
Necati Sarigul
9:49am on 6 Nov 21 for the past 10 years gaming industry has been developing in order to create an online social activities for the players. e-sports is a new type of sport that had ben interested by the many investors. Furthermore some universities has taken action to follow this new type of sport, created an e-sports society and gaming area for students. I believe by having a private space for the gamers inside the university campus, would attract the interest of the students who would like to study university in future. Thank you for the people who founded this Society.
Csongor-Zsolt Horosnyi
1:26am on 6 Nov 21 Being able to coordinate and coordinate with your teammates is always high priority in team based E-sports games. Occasionally technical issues can come up and it would allow for a swifter response to these if we ever have any. Both the room and arena could also allow for more social interaction after a time of isolation, which could be especially helpful for a group of people that deal with the stress of competition in a heavily contested hobby that can potentially take it's toll on mental health. * An additional upside to this would be eliminating or minimizing the inequality caused by having different economical backgrounds - some of the best competitors could be handicapped by the computers they are using. The university has one of, if not the best Games Technology courses available in the UK, and I think there's a possibility of crossover when it comes to computers, for example, when the Games Technology course is upgrading to newer hardware that is meant to create games, the previous computers could still be capable of playing most modern games. Lastly, it would show how modern the university is, especially considering the society has landed the university on the 6th spot in the UK for the National Student Esports hosted 'British University Esports Championship', an Intel supported national championship, and a similarly good ranking on 'Amazon University Esports' (originally 'The National University Esports League'), which, as the name suggests, is supported by one of the biggest companies in the world, Amazon. * Articles about both the benefits and mental health problems related to ESports: https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikestubbs/2021/06/09/why-esports-team-misfits-is-prioritizing-mental-health-for-players-and-staff/?sh=4ac307b858e4 https://britishesports.org/general-esports-info/esports-and-mental-health/
Martyn Elwell
11:01pm on 5 Nov 21 I think this is a great idea and would help the community a lot, would personally get involved often if this becomes a thing.
Ho Lai
10:38pm on 5 Nov 21 I hope it is a place that we can learn together with skills and communication. Not just play selfishly.
Jacob Bradley
10:28pm on 5 Nov 21 Would be a great place for both the video game and esports societies to meet, as well as just be somewhere to socialise and meet people with similar interests
Rene Fernandez Martinez
10:19pm on 5 Nov 21 would be pretty dope ig
Sebastian Long
9:38pm on 5 Nov 21 The idea of a esports room on campus is a great idea for promotion and representation for UWE as well as helping those meet new people and be a great social aspect to campus life. It will also help those within the society improve their skills as well as synergy amongst one another.
Mohammed Rohman
9:35pm on 5 Nov 21 Love this idea. Would be a great additional incentive to apply for the university, for future applicants too.
James Armstrong
9:33pm on 5 Nov 21 A room specifically for ESports would not only help build and cement the community within the society, it would also aid the teams performance.
Joshua Shone
3:41pm on 4 Nov 21 A professional gaming room would help legitimise and push the already very successful esports society to a new level. This room would provide people with a safe place to play, socialise, chill out and compete in the various games online or in our own LAN tournaments. The room would also help push UWE right towards the top of universities competing in esports, giving the university more publicity and popularity.
Christopher Worden
2:55pm on 4 Nov 21 The possibilities for such a facility are almost endless, It can provide so many opportunities for student wellbeing and mental support through cooperation, competition and social wellbeing. The professional environment would give our society (Esports) the recognition and reputation it deserves. It's popularity and professionalism will be on par with other UWE Sport societies as they have their own facilities to compete in. Most importantly, UWE Esports would have a home for its large family.
George Coles
11:19am on 4 Nov 21 Sounds great, getting everyone together for some competiton. Plus it'd give a lot more room to teach, discuss, hangout and unwind after matches. It helps connect the existing gang and makes it more welcoming to everybody else.
Horng Tan
10:54am on 4 Nov 21 Playing in a professional gaming room with the esports team can help improve teamwork among the team members and get us a place to discuss about how can we improve ourselves in playstyles, etc. to earn more reputation and increase the chance of winning for UWE.
Flynn Higgins-Baker
12:44am on 4 Nov 21 Playing in a local environment would be much better for us all to improve and having a dedicated space for that would be excellent.
Luke Walker
12:22am on 4 Nov 21 This would help to develop teams and grow the community around UWE esports, which will assist us in maintaining our standing and prestige as one of the best and most achieved university esports societies in the country
Joseph Cowlishaw
7:52pm on 3 Nov 21 I believe this would be in fact a very promotional and encouraging thing for students as well as a promotion for the university itself with the collaboration of the UWE Esports Society.
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