A UK university will offer e-sports business coursework, and this is a truly good thing

    
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A UK university will offer e-sports business coursework, and this is a truly good thing

Most of the people playing e-sports are exceptional gamers, and to get that good at anything, you miss out on a whole bunch of other learning — like how to not be taken advantage of by game companies, how to negotiate fair wages, how to avoid getting caught up in a doping scandal, how to not be screwed over by your own thieving coaches, and above all else, how to freakin’ unionize so that you’re not killing yourself and your body for minimum wage while living in a filthy team house in order to put tremendous sacks of cash into the hands of overseas investors.

In short, you need to know a whole lot more than when to stay in your lane, and nobody inside the business has a vested interest in teaching you any of that.

One might hope that e-sports degrees, like the one recently announced by the UK’s Staffordshire University, might help young talent navigate the entirety of the e-sports business without their being preyed upon and then tossed to the curb with no future when their wrists go bad.

“Over 73 per cent of those employed within esports are under the age of 35 and their skills are in demand. 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.”

Staffordshire will join multiple US colleges already offering coursework and grants relating to e-sports. University reps believe this degree is the first in the UK that is “dedicated to the rapidly growing global gaming industry.” In fact, it already has a smaller course dedicated to e-sports culture specifically, one that “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.”

Before you scoff, just remember: E-sports is now in the dictionary. ESPN has dedicated e-sports journalists and coverage. This is a thing. This is a big thing. It’s only going to get bigger. As gamers, we should be supporting this kind of education for our pro players and industry movers and shakers. Without it, we’re just condemning a bunch of street-dumb gamers to run in a Riot-branded hamster cage for our amusement.

Source: Press release

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Armsbend

Nothing in the degree explanation says it is about the players. This is a degree to exploit those players. Duh.

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miol

Streamers are also sometimes exploited. Parts of it could help them too!

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Panzerbjorne

Sounds like the actual players would be better served by a sports agent than a degree, not to say its not a great thing to have though, but getting an agent and joining a union would align with other industries that have similar issues.

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Sally Bowls

My reading of the degree is at odds with the first paragraph. It seems like the degree is about how to be in the industry, not how to be a talent. Besides, what I read is that the talent starts at 14-15 and retired by mid 20s. Almost all of the peak earning years will be over by the time you could get a uni degree. Most of the jobs in the multi-billion dollar MLB, NBA, NFL, BBVA, EPL “sports” businesses are not people who play in the game.

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Armsbend

Just wrote the same thing. This is nothing about the players and everything about being the person that exploits them.

MOBA players don’t have time for classes.

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BalsBigBrother

Even if this subject is something I personally couldn’t give two figs for I would say an education is always a good thing to have. So for the folks that do have some interest I hope this proves of some use to you all and that you can use it to your advantage.