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English University To Start An Esports Course Next Year

English University To Start An Esports Course Next Year

Looks like it’s the Esports gamers’ time to shine. Staffordshire University in UK has announced plans to start a BA (hons) course in esports next year.

Scheduled to begin in September 2018, the course will combine “learning and teach from business and computer games”, targeting skills in demand for people under 36 years of age. “Over 73 per cent of those employed within esports are under the age of 35 and their skills are in demand,” says the university’s academic dean for recruitment Rachel Gowers. “Companies are looking for people who are entrepreneurial and tech savvy and the industry is driving the creation of new jobs. The course focuses on the business and culture of esports from developing teams, communities and a fan base to hosting esports events.

“All students will get to visit an esports arena and we are also offering a number of exciting scholarship opportunities for competitive players.”

Dr Bobbie Fletcher, the head of games and visual effects at Stafford said, “The module, which is available to students on our Games Studies course, is a fascinating branch of cultural studies. It looks at the national, and international market for esports, and the cultural aspects that drive it as well as the darker side of cheating and doping by esports players.

“Games designers are growing up and that brings with it new trends in gaming which comes with its own set of ethical dilemmas.”

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