An ode to Newcastle, the home of Discover: Esports

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle, The Toon, Home. Discover: Esports takes place later this month in this amazing city, although to many people the location seems like an off-meta choice for an international educational esports event.

Recently someone asked why we chose to do this event in Newcastle. And the answer is fairly simple; Newcastle is an absolutely stunning city with beautiful architecture, friendly people and a welcoming culture. This North East of England has a world-class history in innovation; from the world’s first hydroelectric power station, to the first public road to be lit by the incandescent light bulb, and outstanding beginnings in the industrial revolution with Geroge Stephenson developing the first steam locomotive engine.

And it doesn’t stop there… The region now boasts exceptional business in sectors such as advanced manufacturing and life sciences, as well as the digital and technology fields including esports, AI and machine learning, immersive tech and space science. Newcastle and surrounding areas like Gateshead, Sunderland and Teesside have a long-established history in the games industry too with many studios based here working across PC, console, mobile and XR.

So, now we’ve explained why Newcastle is the perfect location for Discover: Esports, you might be wondering the best ways to get here:

By train
Newcastle falls nicely on the central train line which connects London to Scotland, with people commuting every day to the capital city. Thanks to the new Lumo service, you can jump on a super speedy service with zero stops and get from London to Newcastle in just 2.5 hours. Newcastle’s Central Station is very… central. The clue is in the name! As soon as you leave the station you’ll be in the heart of the city and the conference venue is just around the corner.

By plane
Newcastle International Airport provides superb links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond with direct flights to and from over 80 destinations. The airport is located less than 8 miles outside of Newcastle city centre and is only a 20-minute drive by car. However, there are many transport options to reach Newcastle city centre from the airport such as the metro, taxi or bus.

By car
Newcastle is helpfully situated close to the A1 (M) which conveniently links Newcastle to London, the South, Scotland and major routes across the country. The A69 heads west and connects NewcastleGateshead with historic Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall sites and Hexham as well as the Lake District and, via the M6, to the South, Wales and the West of England.

Join us in Newcastle later this month
From the iconic Millenium bridge and the stunning Quayside, to the beautiful Georgian architecture of Grey Street and the scenic North East coastline, we promise that you will fall in love with the place we call home, as well as learning all of the awesome things that the esports industry has to offer.

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