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Esports Team Twente is making great progress

One year ago, the Esports Team Twente (ETT) was founded as the newest official UT student team. They had a rough start due to COVID, but the team has truly established itself as an emerging pearl in the middle of the Dutch gaming and esports network. So far, already more than 30 students have been working for ETT in a wide variety of roles, from managers to designers, from athletes to researchers.

From academic research to societal value

Knowledge transfer between the University and Twente and society is one of the key goals of the UT. Therefore, the team uses its knowledge and expertise to make a difference in the world. Perhaps the best example of this is the collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Navy on applying lessons learned from esports to contribute to army personnel training.

Games offer a reproducible, high-stress environment where teams have to maneuver in complex missions to win; an ideal situation to test and train team- and communication skills, such as leadership or decision-making. Together with the Esportslab, led by Guido Bruinsma, ETT is working on developing a workshop that will effectively use gaming to train such skills for training applications.

Twente’s talent: A professional esports organization

Esports Team Twente is already involved in five different esports games:

  • League of Legends            
    With a five-man team, with a coach and manager, the ETT is currently in first place of the Dutch College League and well on track to qualify for the European competition. Besides, the team participates in the Benelux Open Tour in collaboration with Home of Esports.

  • Simracing
    Currently, two team members are in 1st and 3rd place in the Driver Rankings of Assetto Friends Asia League, and will soon enter the Simrace Vereniging Nederland (SRVN).

  • FIFA
    ETT has one athlete participating in various FIFA competitions, as well as a team organizing student competitions. Furthermore, ETT collaborates and trains together with FC Twente’s esports department!

  • Rocket League
    With two teams, ETT Blue and Red, the team is doing well in Rocket League. One team is currently participating in the European University Rocketeers Championship.

  • CS:GO
    With a five-man squad and a coach, the ETT participates in the Dutch College CSGO League, as well as helping the team out with our collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Showcasing what Twente has to offer

Esports Team Twente is committed to showing people that Twente has much to offer for both students or organizations that are interested in gaming or esports. By hosting the largest student League of Legends tournament with over 130 participants, they showcased Twente’s large gaming community. The team is also organizing a showcase of esports research at the UT and is working together with Sportaal (sports company of the municipality of Enschede) to promote healthy gaming for all kids in Twente.

What’s next?

In the coming years, Esports Team Twente wants to expand further and work on challenging esports-related projects, wherein they collaborate with both local and large partners. In this way, they want to push innovation and professional development of the gaming scene.

Most importantly, they want to keep showing that Twente is the place to be for anyone interested in gaming!

Want to join?

Esports Team Twente is always looking for talented players and new team members. Are you interested in representing Twente on the big stage or work in one of their many functions?

J.C. Vreeman (Jochem)
Press relations (available Mon-Fri)