DLD College London has unveiled its pioneering new Esports suite The Dragons Den, supporting its new BTEC qualifications

DLD College London has unveiled a pioneering Esports suite, known as The Dragons Den, as part of its forward-thinking programme supporting Esports learning. Professor Bobbie Fletcher, Academic Director at the College of Esports, was guest of honour at the opening of the central London school’s Esports suite, The Dragons Den. Designed in collaboration with industry, the suite is being used for the school’s BTEC Esport – a world first and developed in partnership with the British Esports Association and employers.

The Esports suite has Corsair and Elgato equipment and twelve student PCs, all of which feature streaming technology. There’s also a teacher station equipped for shoutcasting. Customised furniture has also been created for the space.

DLD College London unveils Esports Suite
DLD College London Principal Irfan H Latif (left), with Prof. Bobbie Fletcher and members of the school’s teaching team

The Esport BTEC was developed in partnership with the British Esports Association, including employers in the industry. Containing industry-specific, relevant content, the BTEC Level 2 programme enables progression to further study and eventual careers within this fast-growing sector and wider digital, tech and STEM industries.

DLD College London has also added an Esports co-curricular activity, so students can join weekly sessions, gaining further insight through games, competitions and tournaments, The DLD Dragons were jubilant as the Winter season concluded, with both teams – League of Legends and Valorant – finishing the season unbeaten, top of their groups and securing promotions to higher leagues in the Spring Season of the British Esports Student Champs.

Speaking at the official opening Prof. Bobbie Fletcher said: “Twenty years ago I had the problem of parents not understanding the career opportunities and benefits of Esports in education, and now you can show them the skills that are produced and the careers that it can lead to. It’s not just about gaming”.

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