The UK institute will serve as GEF_house – home for athletes for the Commonwealth Esports Championships
Singapore, June 30, 2022 – The Global Esports Federation has confirmed a partnership with the UK’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies. Confetti, which is part of Nottingham Trent University, shares GEF’s vision of creating career pathways in the esports industry.
This initiative will help place esports at the heart of the global economy. The two organizations’ debut collaboration will be for the first-ever Commonwealth Esports Championships (CEC2022) which take place this summer in Birmingham.
The Global Esports Federation and Confetti Institute of Creative Technology confirmed the partnership at a recent visit to Confetti. L-R: Paul J. Foster, CEO of Global Esports Federation. Craig Chettle MBE, founder and Chief Executive of Confetti. Chester King, Vice-President of Global Esports Federation and CEO of British Esports Federation.
Competing teams will train and take part in qualifying tournaments in Nottingham from August 1-5 at Confetti before the CEC Finals at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham on August 6-7. With support from UPP, the UK’s leading on-campus accommodation provider, Confetti will serve as GEF_house, offering accommodation for athletes and creating a community space. Confetti’s technical and crew support will also assist GEF’s Esports Partner FACEIT in providing broadcasting and live streams.
“We are delighted to partner with the world-class Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies to create a home this August – our GEF_house for the #CEC2022. It’s a place for our #worldconnected community to thrive, be together, make friends for life, have fun, and importantly, GEF_house is a place to belong,” said Paul J. Foster, CEO of the GEF, about the partnership.
“We aim to create a safe, peace-filled, happy place for our community to live, prepare mentally and physically, and keep healthy. It will be something our athletes remember long after the first Commonwealth Esports Championships.”
GEF’s Executive Director, Community and Administration, Mark Chay, has been named as the Head of GEF_house. A two-time Commonwealth and Olympic Games athlete and Singapore’s Chef de Mission for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mark will work together with the Confetti team to ensure the athletes have a safe, exciting, and memorable experience this summer. He served as Executive Director of the inaugural Singapore 2021 Global Esports Games.
Confetti made a successful entry into the esports market in 2020, becoming the first educational establishment in the UK to offer esports production qualifications at both college and degree level. The courses focus on esports, live events production, broadcasting, streaming, and content creation.
“Esports is built around communities and our long-term partnership with GEF will enhance our global network, which will bring many wider economic and cultural benefits to Nottingham and the UK,” said Craig Chettle MBE, founder and Chief Executive of Confetti.
“With support from our parent company, Nottingham Trent University, we’re delighted to be hosting the CEC qualifiers on our Confetti campus in Nottingham. Our community of students will benefit hugely from this collaboration, and we can’t wait to welcome the participating teams from across the Commonwealth to Nottingham.”
Later this year the institute will open Confetti X – a new £5m dedicated esports production facility which is equipped with the very latest technologies. Confetti’s “summer of esports” will kick off on June 30 when it hosts the British Esports in Education Summit, followed by the British Esports Student Champs finals at its Nottingham campus.
This initial collaboration with Confetti over the course of the CEC is only the beginning of a long-term partnership vision for the two institutions as they continue to advance esports worldwide.
Confetti aims to provide the best, most relevant, and most inspiring creative industry education, and training, helping turn students’ dream jobs into real jobs and advancing the creative and technological industries for the better.
About the Global Esports Federation
The Global Esports Federation promotes the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige of esports. We convene athletes, players, the world’s publishers, developers, industry partners and sporting organizations on one inclusive platform. We encourage and support the connection between esports, sport and technology. Our mission calls for the development of visible initiatives that are in service to the world’s esports community. We are grateful for a collective of strategic partnerships that bring to life this mission. www.globalesports.org.
About Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies
Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies is a dynamic and progressive learning institute offering specialist vocational education and training – from college-level courses to postgraduate degrees. Subject areas include audio and music technology and performance, games design and production, esports production, film and television, animation and VFX, and live events production. Home to over 2,000 students, Confetti is part of the award-winning Nottingham Trent University.
UPP is the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure. We have approximately 35,000 rooms in operation or under construction through long-term, bespoke partnerships with 15 world-leading universities. With approximately 1,000 employees, since 1998 we have invested over £3bn in the UK higher education sector and provided homes to over 400,000 students. Our unique, long-term partnership approach enables our university partners to develop their estates whilst reinvesting in their core services of teaching and research. We design, build, finance, and operate (DBFO) new, on-campus residential and academic infrastructure, and complete estate transfers of existing accommodation, for concession periods ranging from 40 years to 125 years. By providing high-quality and affordable accommodation on campus we aim to deliver the very best student experience in partnership with universities. https://www.upp-ltd.com/