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Method, Wolves and a trio of other organisations join UK Esports Team Committee, bringing the total number of orgs to 12

A host of well-known esports organisations have joined the UK Esports Team Committee (UKETC), a not-for-profit group set up to grow the UK esports industry.

Five organisations based in the UK have joined – FIFA-focused Futwiz, World of Warcraft raid guild org Method, the esports arm of football club Wolves and growing UK organisations Resolve and LDN UTD.

The UKETC was set up in the summer, with seven initial organisations: Endpoint, Excel, Fnatic, MNM Gaming, London Royal Ravens, London Spitfire and Vexed Gaming. Other teams are able to apply to join the committee.

Resolve operations director Jeff Simpkins said the committee will focus on positive change:

Great to be back involved with this, a project I was one of the initial members of when running Barrage.

Together the organisations involved will continue to push UK esports and try to influence positive change for our scene. https://t.co/QJr0K7SIYQ

— HereLiesJeff (@HereLiesJeff) December 22, 2021

Michael Moriarty, esports manager for Wolves, added: “We’re extremely bold about the future of esports here at Wolves, and the impact it can have not just on the club but also the potential it has here in the local area.

“Joining up with these 11 other esports organisations, we look to work together to help professionalise the space and work to improve opportunities for all involved.”

The UKETC said in a press release: “These valuable additions to the group will provide additional support in contributing to the efforts of the collective and will support our position to spearhead the initiatives of the UKETC going into 2022. 

“The journey so far has been fruitful and while we aren’t quite ready to share details of our first major step and initiatives, we will all continue to work hard to deliver improvements to the UK Esports scene as a whole.

“Taking on the new members will aim to improve the quality and speed at which we are able to deliver our objectives, which are improving sustainability, credibility and the ecosystem for UK esports organisations as a whole.”

“These valuable additions to the group will provide additional support in contributing to the efforts of the collective and will support our position to spearhead the initiatives of the UKETC going into 2022.”

The UKETC

The committee is supported by the British Esports Association, which runs tournaments in schools and colleges and also launched the Esports BTEC qualification with Pearson in 2020.

Reaction to the initial launch of the UKETC was mixed, with some hopeful of the committee’s aims, and others describing it as ‘gatekeeping’ UK esports.

The UKETC says other UK-based esports are welcome to join the committee, with applications being reviewed throughout the year.

There’s more info on the UKETC website.

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