British University Esports Championship has announced the 2023 Champions, with the University placing in the top five.
22 May 2023
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British University Esports Championship has announced the 2023 Champions, with the University of Portsmouth placing in the top five.
The British University Esports Championship (BUEC) Spring season is over and with it, the 2022/2023 academic year.
A record number of 111 universities entered the race to be crowned Esports University of the Year. In partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the National Governing Body of university sports in the United Kingdom, BUEC is the official esports competition of UK universities with one dominating the space for the past four years.
Top 10 Summary
The University of Warwick has competition on its tail this year as the gap between first and second narrows significantly in comparison to 2021/22. The University of Exeter has come in second place, Exeter had half the amount of teams as the University of Warwick. Durham University has moved up to a podium position for the first time, narrowly missing out on second place by 61 points.
The University of Southampton and the University of Portsmouth continue to be staples in the top ten, consistently putting in some great results across the board as both make the top five this year. Continuing from last year’s season, the University of Birmingham and University College London also feature in the top ten once again, sitting in ninth and tenth place respectively.
Compared to last year, there are three new universities joining this exclusive top ten group; the University of Kent, Lancaster University and the University of Nottingham. This is the first time the University of Nottingham has broken into the top ten after narrowly missing out over the past four years.
To reach 5th is a great achievement and one we are very happy with. However we are striving to beat the 5 years running champion Warwick and we won't stop
Danny John Izaak Batelaan, President, Portsmouth Paladins
The Portsmouth Paladins’ President said” This year we have brought some of our best plays and games. Our players have given it their all and have made the society proud! To reach 5th is a great achievement and one we are very happy with. However we are striving to beat the 5 years running champion Warwick and we won't stop”.
NSE’s Managing Director, Alex Coulson, added: “It’s fantastic to see our biggest BUEC season yet and the NSE community continue to grow. It’s always interesting to see new teams and universities enter into the top ten of the Championship as well as others making significant headway throughout the extensive leaderboard.
“Seeing everyone together for our live finals at Insomnia again this year, including the finals of our Women and Non-Binary VALORANT Cup, was brilliant and really highlighted the passionate and talented students that we have competing in our tournaments.