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February 7, 2024

NSE announces string of esports partnerships for 2024 

  • NSE, a student esports body and tournament organiser, announced various partnerships for 2024.
  • The news came ahead of NSE’s spring season of the British University Esports Championship, which launched on 4th February.
  • Students will compete in several titles, including Valorant, Teamfight Tactics, Rocket League, League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Dota 2 and Apex Legends.
  • For more, please visit the Esports News website, or for more information about Esports, visit here.

Facebook and Instagram to label all fake AI images 

  • Meta has reported it will introduce technology that can detect, and label images generated by other companies’ AI tools.
  • Although Meta already label AI images generated by its own systems, it hopes that the new tech will create “momentum” for the industry to tackle AI fakery.
  • Meta is also asking users to label their own audio and video content, as their own tool will not work for this content, reporting that if users fail to do so, penalties may be applied.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Online Safety Act not strong enough, Brianna Ghey’s mum says 

  • Brianna Ghey, a 16-year-old girl, was murdered in Cheshire, England.
  • Her mother, Esther Ghey, believes that the Online Safety Act is not adequate, contrary to the insistence of the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.
  • Ms Ghey is campaigning for under-16s to be blocked from accessing social media and for stronger parental controls to flag harmful searches to parents.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

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School budget cuts slammed by headteachers 

  • School budget cuts in Conwy county are worrying headteachers, who have warned that the cuts will have a negative impact on the most vulnerable children needing extra support.
  • The council says they have no choice but to make cuts due to financial difficulties.
  • Every headteacher in Conwy county has signed a letter condemning the cuts. The letter is being sent to parents of children across the county.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Scottish Qualifications Authority launches new NPA esports qualification 

  • The Scottish Qualifications Authority launched a new National Progression Award (NPA) qualification in esports for students in schools and colleges.
  • This one-year program covers game performance, event management, and general esports knowledge.
  • Colleges expressed interest in offering an award in this growing field, leading to the creation of this qualification.
  • For more, please visit the Esports News website, or for more information about Esports, visit INEQE’s website here.