The University of Manchester eSports society teamed up with the University of Salford to host their sixth annual ‘King of the North’ event at Media City. 

The King of the North event provided many opportunities for eSports fans to take part in competitions, retro gaming, virtual reality and shoutcasting across the weekend. 

Console battles

It featured the finals of many competitions from a variety of games, such as League of Legends, Counterstrike: Global Offensive and Overwatch.

The event took place at the University of Salford’s Media City campus. 

Felix Dayan, King of the North project leader said: “Media City is one of the main tech hubs in the UK so it’s a really easy way for us to integrate all of our production costs and broadcast into an event space. 

“The University of Salford have provided so much for us and we work really closely with them to make sure that the event is great.” 

Students also had the chance to try out retro games provided by the University of Salford, including Drop Ship and Space Invaders. 

The competitions are part of a concerted grassroots effort to encourage more eSports at UK Universities. 

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Dayan said: “Hopefully in the future, it’ll become just as big as it is in other places. We want to get big eSports teams on major TV channels. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing where eSports goes.”

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