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ExCeL London hosts first stand-alone eSports tournament

25 April 2019

ExCeL London was transformed into a cutting-edge eSports arena over the Easter weekend, playing host to the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic.

The event saw 24 international teams compete over a six-day period. It featured knockout rounds and culminated in a grand final for a live audience of over 3,000 and online reached in excess of 6 million viewers.

FACEIT, the leading competitive gaming platform, and organisers of the tournament, chose ExCeL London for its flexibility of space coupled with robust technical capabilities.  The event was streamed live and required 9.9 Terabytes of data to be moved from the internet.

This event supports ExCeL’s ambitions for growth in this dynamic sector, valued at £3.86bn to the UK economy. Working closely with the Mayor of London’s promotional agency, London & Partners, ExCeL have planned activity throughout the year to promote the venue and destination to the global games industry.

ExCeL’s Head of Business Development, Jane Hague, adds “eSports is a rapidly growing market and demand is increasing for professional and tech savvy venues. The success of the 2019 FACEIT Global Summit has demonstrated why ExCeL London is a strong venue choice for future tournaments. We look forward to the opportunity that this presents for our business”.

“PUBG is one of the most exciting esports in the industry,” said Michele Attisani, Co-Founder & CBO of FACEIT. “Bringing something of this magnitude to London helps to cement the UK’s position as being a destination for esports.”

ExCeL will also play host to leading UK gaming exhibition, EGX, when it returns to London this year. The show has been nestled in Birmingham’s NEC for the past five years, but it was born and raised in London and will be returning home in October.