James Fraser-Murison (moderator)

Director of Learning for the Creative Arts Queen Mary's College

James has been integral in enabling Queen Mary’s College to now be able to offer students the first-ever esports BTEC in association with Pearson and the British Esports Association. This is such a unique qualification, not only in the turnaround time of 4 months from bringing this to fruition, but also because students will finally be able to get a qualification in the fastest-growing global industry that's worth well over $100 billion by next year!


The new BTEC qualifications in esports are skills-focused and are a major step forward in supporting the creation of long-term careers in the growing esports industry both in the UK and internationally.


 As an educator for 16-19-year-olds, we felt it was vital to align the student's interests with a contemporary, robust and dare I say fun qualification that will allow our students to learn from the very best within the industry and steer them into the workforce with much-needed digital-skills, global awareness, and self-worth. Our aim at QMC is to be the leading provider of the BTEC esports in the south of England and we believe that our global partners of Belong, HP & Lenovo will work together with us to provide the new generation of esporters who will have a future-proof qualification and business awareness that is much needed in today's ever-changing world.



My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday, October 28

LIVE DEBATE: Session 8: The merger of esports and traditional sports
Nikita Buffee Seb Carmichael-Brown James Fraser-Murison (moderator) Greg Merkel Alastair Richardson Nick Sautner


With the current coronavirus pandemic decimating the sporting and events calendar, traditional sports are increasingly using virtual simulations to engage with their fans, further integrating esports into the mainstream sports industry. Many existing Stadium and Arenas are also examining how they can repurpose their spaces to accommodate live esports events.

During this session a panel of industry experts will discuss how traditional sports and stadia  are now integrating esports in to their fan experiences, examining synergies and differences between them as well as sharing their opinions on how this will develop further in the future.


Wednesday , October 28, 16:30 - 17:30
Ben Stuart Nicky Wightman