We want to tell them.
The UK eSports scene is at an exciting point right now. Over the past year, British League of Legends players like Maxlore and Alphari have made it to the bigger leagues in Europe, more global tournaments are taking place in London, and local events are improving all the time.
But there's still room to grow. The scene is often volatile, fragile and lacks the funding that the bigger global organisations and leagues have access to. There's still the idea that UK eSports is a bit of a joke, but you can't say we don't have a sense of humour. There is talent here - players with ambition, fight and heart - and we want to showcase that.
Why we're asking for your support
By making a regular contribution on Patreon, you will allow us to produce better content, cover more games and pay for better web hosting (which means our site won't go down anymore when we write popular stories like Man U getting into eSports and Gross Gore's Twitch ban).
We recently switched over to a faster, more stable and reliable managed web host but the costs for this are high (almost £1,000 per year). See the bottom of this page for full info on where your donations will go.
We are not expecting much, but any donation you can offer would be massively appreciated - and we have a bunch of support rewards on offer too.
What is eSports News UK?
eSports News UK was set up in 2015 as an online publication for the gaming community, covering competitive League of Legends in the UK and promoting the local eSports scene in general.
We're the only independent publication dedicated to the competitive gaming scene in Britain. ENUK covers the good, the bad, the ugly - and the just plain weird - of the UK scene.
We produce news stories, match reports, interviews, features, opinion pieces and videos - and we want to produce even more. We mainly cover League, but also produce content around Overwatch, Hearthstone, CSGO, Dota 2 and others.
We now have a small team of volunteer writers and have just brought on board our first dedicated video editor, who will be interviewing players, making discussion shows and potentially even mini-documentaries.
10 reasons to donate - what sets us apart?
- We are 100% independent. We will tell the story like it is and won't hold back on information because it may upset a third party (unless it's been supplied in confidence).
- Unique content - you may get tournament info from leagues, roster updates from orgs and views from players and casters, but you won't always get the real story - the controversies, the fallouts, the rumours. That's hopefully where we come in.
- Exclusive rewards - by supporting us on Patreon, you will gain access to bonuses and extras including early content and shout-outs.
- We will always endeavor to report the truth, by digging into a story, asking tough questions, conducting research and doing good old-fashioned journalism.
- We report to no one - no one is telling us what to do but ourselves. This means we can report objectively. You won't get these kind of unbiased news stories and articles from anywhere else in the UK scene.
- We have behind the scenes access to many events and major contacts in UK eSports and the PC industry, which means we will have access to scoops that other journalists might not.
- Reach and reputation - we are read by a wide range of people, from UK eSports players and managers, to those in the global eSports scene such as well-known casters, org owners, operators and journalists (this means our stories are sometimes picked up by bigger global publications like PC Gamer and The Score, helping UK eSports reach a wider audience)
- Community focus - we want this to be your news site, we want it to be community-focused. We are very responsive on social media including Twitter and Facebook. Let us know what you want to see more of and send us your suggestions. We'll also happily post guest articles (like this) from the community and cover your reaction to the biggest stories.
- Big ambitions - the original idea for ENUK came from the lack of eSports magazines on newsstands. We could launch different global sites in the future if ENUK does well, think about a print publication or even introduce merchandise. The sky's the limit.
- Your donation goes straight to ENUK - you will help us grow and improve our coverage of the UK eSports scene (see below for specifics).
What your donations will help us do
By pledging to donate a monthly contribution to eSports News UK, you will help us:
- Improve our web hosting, which means no more site crashes from big traffic spikes
- Attend and cover more eSports events (travel/accommodation fees)
- Improve our video coverage - we have big plans for discussion shows, player profiles, interviews and more
- Produce more content, including articles and videos on other games outside of League of Legends
- Add a new email newsletter
- Develop the website
- Grow the team
How does Patreon work?Check out this handy video which explains everything:
Patreon collects a monthly donation from you. You can set a monthly max so you never go above your budget. We have a range of supporter rewards - check them all out on this page.
About useSports News UK was founded by Dominic Sacco, a journalist who has written for a range of publications including Games TM, Nintendo Official Magazine, games industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He has been a journalist for ten years.
He currently works as full-time editor for UK computer trade title PCR and runs eSports News UK in his spare time. Dom is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and previously studied Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. Read more about Dom Sacco's work on his Linkedin page here.
The eSports News UK team consists of various volunteer writers and video producers. See details on the 'about eSports News UK' page.