Scotland’s Esports League and FIFA20 Old Firm derby to be decided online
FIFA20 Old Firm contest part of event changed from SEC to virtual contest since of coronavirus
The grand finals of Scotland’s national Esports League will be held online for the very first time, the grand finals as part of weekend-long celebration event BIGFest.
Last year, more than 100 gamers and 24 groups took part in the league with the last held at the Resonate gaming festival in Glasgow’s SEC.
Due to coronavirus-related constraints, this year Esports Scotland, which arranges BIGFest and runs the league, has decided to host the finals online from July 10-12 and is contributing all profits from the occasions to NHS Charities Together.
This season, numbers are expected to grow, with rewards of approximately ₤ 3,000. Gamers compete across 3 titles – Rainbow 6 Siege, CSGO and Rocket League – and the contests will be streamed live on BBC Sport Scotland and Esports Scotland’s Twitch channel.
There will also be a FIFA20 Old Firm video game in between 2 of Scotland’s top FIFA pros, with commentary by GamesMaster’s Dominik Diamond.
James Hood, creator of Esports Scotland, said: “We’ll be dissatisfied not to satisfy the terrific individuals of the Scottish gaming community in individual this year at the League finals, but we still have lots of enjoyment and elite video gaming to anticipate.
” The first ever BIGFest was held at the Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh in 2018 and this year, although it’s online, it’s going to be larger and better than ever. We have a truly interesting series of tasks to keep an eye out for in the run-up to the main occasion and there actually is something for everyone.
” Esports is going from strength to strength in Scotland as well as worldwide. One of its strengths is that it can bring individuals together even when we can’t physically satisfy up.”
A BBC spokesperson stated: “BBC Sport Scotland is pleased to stream esports again this year and be included in developing sports which are growing in lockdown, particularly for younger audiences.”