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The NUEL, Twitch and Wizards of the Coast announce largest ever UK university esports prize pool

The NUEL, Twitch Student, and Wizards of the Coast have today announced the first official Magic: The Gathering Arena university esports tournament in Europe, with the winners sharing the largest prize pool in British university esports history.

Starting in October, students across the UK can compete in Wizard of the Coast’s digital adaptation of its original strategy card game. Students will take part throughout the academic year, with weekly broadcasts exclusively on Twitch and 32 teams sharing the total prize pool of £40,000. The tournament will culminate with a live championship final event, followed by an international exhibition game between the top teams from North America and the UK!

“We’re thrilled to be working with pioneering industry leaders such as Twitch and Wizards of the Coast to deliver these opportunities to students across the country.”


Through partnering with The NUEL, Twitch Student and Wizards of the Coast hope to enable more students to take part in competitive esports as players, spectators, and in behind-the-scenes roles.

“The NUEL was founded in 2010 to help students access the many opportunities that esports provides, and today is a major milestone. For the first time, UK students will be able to compete against other universities in MTGA, broadcast live every week on Twitch, with an unprecedented set of prizes on offer. It’s really exciting to be a part of,” said Josh Williams, founder and Managing Director of The NUEL.

Sign-ups for The NUEL’s first ever MTGA tournament are open now!


Teams of 3 will battle each week in head-to-head matches. Each series is comprised of 3x best-of-3 series. Each player on a team will play against another player on the opposing team in a best of 3 series. The team that has the most players win their best of 3 is the winning team of the series.

Wanna get involved?

You can sign up here. Sign-ups close 21st October 2019. The tournament begins on 23rd October and continues every Wednesday until 4th December 2019.

We’re also looking for a Product Manager and tournament admins for Magic: The Gathering Arena. Read more about the roles and apply below:
Product Manager
Tournament Admin

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