There is no denying that esports has rapidly grown in the last few years. From filling large venues to colleges offering scholarships, esports is getting close to becoming accepted as part of the sports industry. However, there haven’t really been any specifically esports-focused business programs at colleges and universities. This changes today, with the University of New Haven’s latest announcement.
The University of New Haven will be offering an electronic sports management program starting in 2020. They announced it will be a first-of-its-kind program that is specifically targeted at the electronic sports field. For this occasion, the university will be creating a 2,500-square-foot esports training and competition center. Its intention will be to host competitions, while also letting the students learn both technical and operational skills. The center will be open for students from other programs as well through the university’s esports club.
However, the program won’t be entirely focused on esports either. They plan on educating their students in various business, media, and technology-related fields. The course will cover everything from management and game development to computer science and even broadcasting. This will give their graduates a wide range of skills that will certainly help them when it comes to employment
Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D. and President of the University of New Haven also shared some of his thoughts in the announcement. He emphasized the importance of developing esports-related skills in one of the currently fastest growing industries in the world. Furthermore, Kaplan explained the course will enable the university to maximize the interdisciplinary strengths of all its programs. He concluded his statement saying the course will prepare the students to be the future leaders in the electronic sports industry.
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Vince Koyle is an esports writer, tech nerd and future CompSci student. He often likes to compare traditional sports to esports, showing his love for both kinds. Also tends to sometimes try too hard with explaining what esports is and how it isn’t any different than traditional sports. He mainly covers the League of Legends scene, with an emphasis on European and Asian leagues.