Confetti partners with global esports body as £5m facility gears up for opening date

(L-R): Paul J. Foster (GEF), Craig Chettle MBE (Confetti) & Chester King (GEF)

The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has partnered with the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies ahead of the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships this summer – with the news coming as Confetti’s £5m esports production facility gears up to open later this year.

Confetti – which is part of Nottingham Trent University – will host qualifying tournaments for the Championships between 1-5 August before the athletes head to Birmingham for the main event on 6 and 7 August.

With the support of on-campus accommodation provider UPP, Confetti will serve as “GEF_house”, providing a safe place for the esports community to live and prepare for the forthcoming tournament.

The institute says its £5m dedicated esports facility, Confetti X, will be fully equipped with cutting-edge technology. It is due to open in the coming months.

Paul J. Foster, CEO of the GEF, said: “We are delighted to partner with the world-class Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies to create a home this August – our GEF_house for the #CEC2022. It’s a place for our #worldconnected community to thrive, be together, make friends for life, have fun, and importantly, GEF_house is a place to belong.

“We aim to create a safe, peace-filled, happy place for our community to live, prepare mentally and physically, and keep healthy. It will be something our athletes remember long after the first Commonwealth Esports Championships.”

Craig Chettle MBE, founder and chief executive of Confetti, added: “Esports is built around communities and our long-term partnership with GEF will enhance our global network, which will bring many wider economic and cultural benefits to Nottingham and the UK.

“With support from our parent company, Nottingham Trent University, we’re delighted to be hosting the CEC qualifiers on our Confetti campus in Nottingham. Our community of students will benefit hugely from this collaboration, and we can’t wait to welcome the participating teams from across the Commonwealth to Nottingham.”