Global interest in UK’s first eSports degree

Posted on: Sep 28, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

The UK’s first eSports degree has attracted applicants from as far away as Russia, China and America, it has been revealed.

Set to launch at Staffordshire University in September next year, the degree course focuses on the business side of eSports and builds on the University’s reputation as a leading institution for Computer Games degree courses.

Rachel Gowers, Associate Dean for Recruitment in Staffordshire Business School, said: “It’s great to be at the forefront of what the industry is crying out for. The fact that the course clearly has international appeal is a huge bonus for all the students involved, it really will be a global course. We’ve received applications from Russia, Poland, China, Kazakhstan, Singapore, America, Bulgaria and Oman.

“The University will shortly be commencing work on a dedicated eSports lab which will be ready in the summer. We’ve been working with the industry to make sure it is top spec as well as having the right look and feel and we can’t wait to unveil it to the new students”, she added.

Applications to the eSports course have been strong and are mirrored by the University’s Computer Games degree courses which have grown significantly in recent years.

In the first year, students are taking courses like ‘Contemporary Issues in Esports’, ‘Communications Skills for Managers,’ and ‘Business Simulation Project.’ In year two, the students are learning about event planning, casting, and content creation. In their final year, students will focus on hosting their own eSports event.

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