An education in esports, it sounds like a pipe dream for a lot of gamers, but esports is more than pro-gaming and there are currently a number of schools offering an education focussed on (a part of) esports. In this article we sum up a few of them, but definitely not all of them.
If you want to stay closer to home, you will be glad to hear there are a few Belgian schools that offer an education in esports.
The Expert Class in Esports Management at Vrije Universiteit Brussel focusses on the commercial and economic side of esports. It handles the history of different events, while taking a closer look at marketing and even the social aspects of esports. The Expert Class will be held for the first time during the academic year 2020-2021, spanning thirteen classes. If you are interested in taking this course, you can find all relevant info at this website.
The postgraduate Esports Business Architect at PXL Hogeschool opts for a broader scope and focusses on three different pillars: gaming and digital media, esports technology and esports business. The idea is to give students the knowledge to fulfil different positions in esports and give them the tools to integrate esports in different sectors, such as human resources, software development, education and healthcare. For more information about the postgraduate Esports Business Architect, please visit the website of PXL Hogeschool.
Looking to broader your horizons? Then you should take a look at these universities and colleges in other countries, that also offer an education in esports.
Shenandoah University in the USA offers one of the more extensive offerings if you are looking for an education in esports. They have several master’s and bachelor’s degrees in esports, including Esports Management, and Esports Media and Communication. It also offers an Esports Coaching Certificate. It also has its own esports arena and esports teams in Overwatch, Rocket League, League of Legends and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It is one of the best places to put your education immediately into practice. If you are interested in making the move to Shenandoah, be sure to check their website.
The bachelor in esports at Staffordshire University will keep you busy for at least three years and focusses mainly on the organisation of small and large scale events in esports. You will create business plans to build teams, create online communities and promote your events through digital marketing. You will also get the opportunity to explore the culture of esports, its audience and fan base as well as a variety of the most popular current game genres. The university also has a competitive scene in League of Legends, DOTA2, Hearthstone, Counter Strike, Overwatch and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To find out more, visit their website.
The basic studies provide you with the business competence needed to understand the fundamental processes of business operations and the esports landscape. In professional studies, you will study leadership and management, esports event management and managing and planning international operations and also dive in deeper into the esports landscape and learn about esports business, games, publishers, and the community. You also get the chance to discover a lesser known country as Finland. You can find everything about the degree at their website.
Medaille’s esports management program is perfect for technology-forward, business-minded individuals with a penchant for professional gaming culture. Focusing on administration, media and advertising, you will be immersed in the world of video games, from a peek into game design and introductory courses in programming to the management of professional multiplayer competition. You can check out their website for more information.
These few degrees show a growing interest from universities and colleges in esports and they are definitely not all courses in esports currently being offered. So if you want to make a career in esports, be sure to take a look around and see what is on offer, before you make your decision.