Game developers HoYoverse enters the world of esports with a brand new competitive event, the University Invitational UK, its first ever Genshin Impact esports tournament. They will be teaming up with UK-based esports media group Ginx TV to host the tournament.

While there have been numerous community tournaments in China and other regions, the University Invitational UK will be the first official Genshin Impact event that pits teams against each other in in-game contests.

What is the Genshin Impact University Invitational UK?

The University Invitational UK is a competitive Genshin Impact event that features divisions by nine universities in the UK. The tenth division will be a free-for-all Social Team division that will welcome UK student teams that are not from the nine universities.


  • University College London
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Warwick
  • King’s College London
  • Brunel University London
  • London South Bank University
  • University of Roehampton London
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Surrey
  • Social Team

Tournament format

The teams representing the nine university divisions will be determined by a voting stage and a qualifying round. After the first voting stage, the four teams with the most votes will advance to the qualifying round of their respective division, where they’ll compete to decide the university’s representative at the final.

Unlike the nine university divisions, the team with the most votes in the Social Team division will go straight to the final, which will take place in London on May 28.

The tournament will also hold one more voting stage to determine the winner of the Popularity award.

Prize pool

Champion team£5,000 (US$6,100)
2,000 primogems for each member
1st runner-up team£3,000 (US$3,600)
1,000 primogems for each member
2nd runner-up team£2,000 (US$2,400)
500 primogems for each members
4th-10th placed teams500 primogems and official keychains for each member
Popularity award1,000 (US$1,200)
600 primogems for each member

How to register for the Genshin Impact esports tournament

If you’d like to participate in the University Invitational UK, you can register your squad on the official event website.

Your team must consist of three members who are at least 18 years of age and currently studying in the UK or have already graduated. Teams are allowed one alumni player with the other two members being current students of their representative institution.

Genshin Impact fans can also participate by voting for their favorite teams on the website during the two stages.

  • Stage 1: May 9-16, each vote is worth one point, and you can vote for any team
  • Stage 2: May 20-28, each vote is worth three points, and you can only vote for the 10 finalists

Did you know that an unofficial Genshin esports scene exists, even prior to this tournament? Held in China, players go through picks and bans similar to the drafting system used in MOBA esports titles, and compete in timed events in Spiral Abyss. Read more about Genshin Impact esports here.

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