Many have often joked (sometimes in half-serious tones) about having Genshin Impact esports tournaments. It would seem that it’s becoming a reality in 2022.
Earlier this week, the Genshin Impact University Invitational UK was announced as the world’s very first official Genshin Impact esports event. Organised in partnership with UK university esports organisation National Student Esports (NSE), UK esports media group GinxTV and Genshin developer HoYoverse, it will be commencing on 16 May.
In this competitive event, UK students are to form teams of 3 to compete for a prize pool of £11,000 (US$13,621) as well as primogems and merchandise. The qualifiers will run from 16-20 May, and will be hosted at multiple different universities in London and the grand finals, live streamed from Shoreditch’s Platform bar, will take place on 28 May.
Ten teams from universities across the UK will be invited to take part in this invitational. Some notable universities include the University College of London (UCL), King’s College London, and Imperial College London, among others.
The full list of participating universities include:
- Brunel University London
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- University College London
- University of Surrey
- Queen Mary University of London
- London South Bank University
- University of Roehampton London
- University of Warwick
- Wildcard Gaming
What will Genshin Impact as an esport look like? This is not a new concept, with competitive events having taken place in the China region. In these events, players enter a draft pick stage in which two teams take turns picking and banning characters. The teams are then challenged to clear out the Spiral Abyss, with the quickest team emerging victorious.
While the details of this specific UK Invitational remain unclear, we do know that we can expect to see “players attempt various Genshin Impact challenges”, according to the official Genshin Impact Twitter account.
More information can be found on the event’s official website.