Esports Festival SW 2023

Esports is one of the most rapidly growing industries worldwide. With large scale competitions taking place across the world and big prize money to be won, it is watched by millions of fans.

Tech South West has partnered with Exeter College and other colleges to deliver the only region-wide corporate esports festival for the South West.

With teams from across the region taking part, the tournament brings the sector together to celebrate the esports industry and showcase the opportunities it heralds for young people, tech companies, and the wider community.

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2 June 2023

30+ teams

One winner

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The first Esports Festival SW was held in 2022, with 16 teams competing at Rocket League for the trophy. Bath-based software development firm Rocketmakers defeated Ashfords in the final to take home the trophy.

We're going even bigger in 2023.

Over 30 teams from all corners of the region will come head to head at Exeter College's state-of-the-art £10.3million Digital and Data Centre to decide who will be crowned the champion of the Esports Festival SW 2023.

Supported by

Annabel McCabe

Annabel McCabe | Jurassic Fibre

"Jurassic Fibre is delighted to sponsor – and take part in - the Tech South West esports festival for the second year.

Digital skills and connection are vital for the future economy of the South West."

Caroline Orr

Caroline Orr | Program

"We’re thrilled to sponsor the 2023 Esports Festival, shining a spotlight on the growing esports industry in the South West.

The region's expanding gaming sector is attractive for budding tech experts and delivers a significant contribution to our economy.

Our Rocket League team is training hard. Ready, set, match!"

Andy Doyle

Andy Doyle | Filmily

"Filmily is excited to be sponsoring the upcoming esports event in the South West of England with Tech South West. We are thrilled to support the community and look forward to seeing the talented players compete.

Good luck to all the teams and may the best team win!"

Hannah Rowe

Hannah Rowe | Rowe IT

"As a software engineering company, we love all things tech. Being able to connect with others through something we are all passionate about is an amazing thing. Creativity, inclusion, and love of learning drives innovation which in turn brings work to the South West. Esports is a great part of that."

Frequently asked questions

Rocket League. Think FIFA but with flying cars. It's exciting, fast-paced, and absolutely bonkers.

The stunning Digital and Data Centre at Exeter College

Full address: Hele Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4JS

You've got a choice of two:

It's a pleasant walk from both stations, if it's not pouring down!

Three players per team. It's a magic number.

Over 30 teams in total - double the numbers from last year!

Warm up your thumbs because each team will have the chance to compete in eight scheduled games, with the opportunity for warmup games and other activities in addition.

Qualifying teams will have to grab their controllers once again for the grand final.

This is an event for businesses and organisations across the South West and therefore we ask that all players be at least 18 years of age.

The day will kick off at 9.30am and run until 5pm.

In between the gaming there will be lots of networking, interactive sessions, panel discussions, a tech showcase and - best of all - a free lunch.

Join Tech South West+

Tech South West+ allows tech companies and sector suppliers to plug into the region's most vibrant community.

Benefits include:

  • Learning and development for your teams through dynamic Peer Groups
  • Employee access to the only regional Tech Hub venue pass for the South West of England
  • Exclusive offers and tailored support opportunities covering funding, talent and business growth
  • Tech South West+ membership for all your organisation’s South West-based employees
  • 20 free job listings per year
  • Exclusive offers from partner organisations
  • Access to Tech South West trusted partners
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