With the start of Season 6 fast approaching we’d like to take this chance to inform you about some of the behind the scenes changes. You’ve probably been wondering when everything is kicking off so we thought we’d provide an update.

Unfortunately we’ve had a sad and recent setback in that our Head of Tech, Tom, has had to step down from the NUEL due to health reasons. Tom has been with the NUEL from the start and has been instrumental in making what we do so successful, his hard work and tireless dedication to making the NUEL run probably goes largely unoticed to you but for us internally he’s going to be a massive loss. We want to publicly wish him well and all the best for the future.

As you’ll have probably seen we’ve got a shiny new website running when you visit thenuel.com right now. Tom, Michael and Derry have been working incredibly hard over the summer to get things ready to launch for the new season, but as I hope you can appreciate we haven’t been able to get everything finished in time under the circumstances. We’ve been figuring out what the best course of action going forward is, if you’ve been around for a few years you’ll remember The Great Server Fire of 2014 and The Bloody Website Crash of 2015 as fondly as we do, so we’re in the process of figuring out how we’re going to avoid Servexit: 2016.

We’ll explain fully in due course what we’re going to do but we want to make it clear that the tournaments are going ahead as planned. Team registering and signups will be pushed back until next week (3rd October), we can announce the start dates for each tournament however and give you some exciting news: we’re doing Overwatch this year!

Tournament dates:

Game Start date/tournament day Facebook group
League of Legends Sunday 16th October NUEL LoL
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Monday 17th October NUEL CS:GO
Hearthstone Tuesday 25th October NUEL HS
Overwatch Thursday 27th October NUEL OW
Rocket League Sunday 19th November (one off cup) NUEL RL

We’ll have a detailed announcement on prizes, formats and what’s exciting about each of the tournaments when signups open.

In the mean time, we are genuinely sorry for keeping you waiting and messing you around like this. We’ll be working hard to ensure that it’s all worth it in the end! Look forward to seeing you in a few weeks’ time.

If you’re new to the NUEL and don’t have a team yet, check out your society’s Facebook group as they will have posted a Google Form or instructions on how to sign up through the society, here’s a list of society Facebook groups we know about:

University Facebook group
Aberystwyth University ACOG
Anglia Ruskin University S.A.S.G
Aston University Aston eSports Society
Bangor University Bangor University Gaming League
Bath Bath Video Games Society
Cardiff University Cardiff Computer Gaming Society
City University Of London CULSU Computer and Games Society
De Monfort University DMU Esports Society
Edinburgh Napier University NVGS
Glasgow Caledonian University GCU gaming society
Heriot Watt University Watt Gamers
Imperial College London IC League of Legends
Keele University Keele E-Sports Society
King’s College of London KCL Gaming & eSports Soc (KCLGe)
Lancaster University Lancaster University Gaming and E-sports Society
Liverpool John Moores University LJMU Gaming Society
London School of Economics and Political Science LSE SU Gaming Society
Loughborough LSUCS
Manchester Metropolitan University MMUGG
Northumbria University Northumbria Students Union E-Sports Society
Norwich University Of the Arts (NUA) Competitive Gaming Society
Nottingham Trent University NTU Gamer Society
Oxford Brookes University Brookes Counter Strike Society
Plymouth University Plymouth University Gaming Society
Queen Mary University of London Games and Video Games
Queen’s University, Belfast Dragonslayers
Royal Holloway, University of London RHUL Games Society
RHUL CS:GO
Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield Hallam Students Union Esports Society
Southampton Solent University Solent Competitive Video Games Society (SCVS)
Solent League of Legends
Staffordshire University Staffs VGS
Swansea University Swansea Gaming Society (SGS)
University College London UCLU E-Sports Society
University of Aberdeen Aberdeen Uni Gaming Society
University of Birmingham UoB Esports Society
University of Bradford Video Games Society
University of Brighton University of Brighton eSports Soc
University of Bristol COGS
University of Cambridge CU Digital Gaming Society (CUDGS)
University of Central Lancashire UCLan SU Video Game Society
University of Derby Derby Uni League of Legends
University of Durham Durham E-Sports Society
University of East Anglia UEA VGS
University of Edinburgh League of Legends Society (LoLsoc)
University of Essex E sports Society
University of Exeter University of Exeter eSports
University of Greenwich Greenwich Anime & Games Society
University of Hertfordshire Herts SU eSports Society
Herts League Society
University of Huddersfield University of Huddersfield League of Legends Society
University of Hull Hull ComSoc
University of Kent Kent League Of Legends Society
University of Leeds Leeds University Union eSports Society
University of Leicester eSports
University of Lincoln eSports Society
University of Liverpool UoL Gaming Society
University of Manchester UoM eSports
University of Nottingham UoN GameSoc
University of Oxford Oxford University eSports Society (OUES)
University of Portsmouth Gaming Society
League of Legends
University of Reading Reading University eSports Society (RUES)
University of Salford University of Salford Esports Society (USES)
University of South Wales USW Game and E-Sports Society
University of Southampton University of Southampton eSports Society
University of Strathclyde Strathclyde League of Legends
University of Surrey University of Surrey League of Legends
Surrey Video Game Society
University of Sussex University of Sussex eSports Society
University of Ulster Jordanstown UUSU E-Sports
University of Warwick Warwick League of Legends
Warwick Computing
University of West England UWE Video Gaming Society
University of Westminster UoW Games & Creative Society (GCS)
University of Worcester University of Worcester Gaming Society
University of York FragSoc
FragSoc League of Legends UoY
FragSoc CSGO UoY

Is your society missing? Please complete this form and we’ll update our records.

You can find people independently or join as a group of friends, too. Make sure you stay updated with what’s going off at our Facebook page, Twitter or one of the Facebook groups.