Scotland’s tech sector will soon be boosted as Esports Scotland announces the Scottish Esports League Season 4 (SEL4) gaming event.
Following the success of SEL3 and the continued growth of Esports Scotland in 2020, the country’s top teams are preparing to compete for a place at the Grand Finals event, scheduled for November.
A £10k prize pot is up for grabs, which will coincide with the rise of popularity in the Scottish Esports League. The prize is the largest in Scottish Esports history.
The proliferation of professional gaming has been magnified during the pandemic as youngsters, celebrities and athletes alike stayed at home and turned to consoles and PCs.
Last year’s Esports Scotland competition saw 590 players compete across three games: Rocket League, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege.
A record number of players are expected to enter the frame at SEL4, with two new games, League of Legends and Valorant, joining alongside returning titles as the tournament continues to gain momentum.
Ahead of the event, which starts with an online tournament in late September, players are being invited to tune their skills at next month’s pre-season stage, before competing for a place at the SEL4 Grand Finals being held at Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Commenting on the event, Beth Bate, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Esports Scotland on bringing this finals event to Dundee, supporting the city and Scotland’s tech sector.
“Competitive gaming connects people from across the world and we’re very proud to have such a strong home for it here in Dundee. We’re looking forward to welcoming gamers to DCA for this exciting competition.”
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James Hood, owner of Esports Scotland, added: “Throughout lockdown, we witnessed more people playing games than ever before, so we’re excited to provide a platform for the nation’s gamers to develop their talent, and appetite for competitive match play.
“I’m a true believer that we have the potential to produce Esports icons of the future, so striving to offer a top-level environment for them to progress here in Scotland has been a huge goal of ours.
“SEL4 will mark another major milestone for Esports Scotland and we’re delighted with our progression over the past 12 months, which has allowed us to secure such a modern and technologically advanced venue.
“We’re hugely excited that our dream to host an event of this calibre is becoming a reality.”