A SOUTHAMPTON esports team has taken second place at a national competition.

A team from the Southampton Video Games and Esports Society (SVGE) at the University of Southampton has come second in the British University Esports Championship (BUEC) 2020/21.

BUEC is one of Europe’s largest organised esports competitions and in the 2020/21 season, BUEC saw over 1,700 teams from 100 universities compete.

The SVGE members claimed their place in the championship after successfully battling it out with Staffordshire University to secure their place behind the overall winners, the University of Warwick.

SVGE President, Andrew Davey said the team is "thrilled" to have finished second in the whole of the UK and added that "it is a testament to our society and naturally talented players that we outscored other universities who have dedicated esport facilities".

The team is part of the Southampton University Students’ Union and has over 800 members with 397 of those taking part in the competition.

Andrew added: "We like to think we are good at cultivating a community aspect to our teams that keeps people engaged within the society, so they want to keep playing with their friends and improve.”

Esports has now overtaken football as the sport with the highest number of teams at British universities and Alex Coulson, Managing Director of National Student Esports, the organisation behind the tournament, said: "This year we have seen a record number of universities across the UK compete in the British University Esports Championship.

"We’re proud to play a small part in helping students connect in a caring community of like-minded peers from across the country.”