A SCOTTISH gaming company has secured backing from Lenovo, one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers, in a new season-long sponsorship agreement.

Organisers of the Scottish Esports League, Esports Scotland, last year had more than 300 players and 100 teams taking part in the league with numbers expected to grow this season “in line with the increasing global popularity of eSports”.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Lenovo will provide Lenovo Legion gaming PCs for competitors from across the country to put their skills to the test against one another.

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The format of the Scottish Esports League will see gamers compete across four titles - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege - to secure a place at the grand final where prizes worth over £5,000 are available.

The final, where the best gamers in the country will meet, will be held at the SEC in Glasgow.

James Hood, of Kinross-based Esports Scotland, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Lenovo on board as our main sponsor for the 2019 Scottish eSports season."

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He said: “The team at Lenovo shares our passion for technology, gaming and the community of gamers across Scotland, and indeed, the world.

“Esports is a global phenomenon and its popularity is burgeoning. With Lenovo’s backing this could be a landmark year in the growth of the Scottish scene.

“Scotland has a well-earned reputation as a leader in game creation and development, but our potential as an esports trailblazer has not yet been realised.”