The new NEPC will not exclusively focus on training prospective players.
It will also educate other future industry professionals via a partnership with Sunderland College, a local higher education institution whose premises it shares.
"The esports industry is comprised of lots of different professions," explained Toby Bowery, leader of the Sunderland College esports programme.
"There's the events management side of things, the business side of things. There's the creative media side of things. Then you've got the sports side of things" with players, psychologists and nutritionists, he added.
Bowery described the facility as a "real work environment" shared with the British Esports Federation, enabling students to meet pro-players.
Prize pools in virtual sports are now exceeding traditional sports.
Each of the five-member team that won 2021's "The International"—a showpiece tournament hosted annually for esports giant DOTA 2—took home more than $3.6 million.
In comparison, that year's Wimbledon men's tennis champion, Novak Djokovic, won $2.2 million.
In September 2023, the IOC announced the creation of a separate commission dedicated to esports, to develop virtual sports as an Olympic staple.
Sunderland's new campus will soon complete construction of "The Arena", a complex designed to host esports tournaments.
Nicholas Wilkinson, a student on the college's esports programme, called the development of an esports campus in northeast England "quite surreal".
He hopes to start a career as a "caster"—the esports equivalent of a professional commentator.
Previously, "every time you'd want to go to an esports event or anything to do for esports, you'd have to travel down south to London, to Nottingham," Wilkinson said.
Another student on the course, Evan Howey, aims to become a pro-player.
"Different people on the course have different interests," he explained.
With students aiming to get into a variety of jobs in the sector, he said it would be good to encourage collaboration, to help growth.
The new campus is also a gateway for "students with underprivileged backgrounds that may not be able to have access to this equipment at all at home", added Chris Jeffrey, an independent game developer and esports coach.