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College level esports programs

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Established colleges and universities are now starting to offer esports programs across the United States and the world. Today, there are more than 125 varsity level esports programs registered with the national governing body NACE (National Association of Collegiate Esports). Educational organizations that have long been on the spectator side of online gaming are now becoming hubs for innovation in esports. Schools are starting to offer scholarships for excellence in esports to attract the talent they need to build teams that can compete on a national stage. 

In an earlier chapter of Esports in Education, you learned that several universities now have standard esports teams participating in league-based tournaments and competitions. Many of these educational institutions are introducing new programs and facilities to help prepare the next generation of students to pursue careers in the esports industry. In this chapter, you will gain a glimpse into some of the most successful programs established over the past couple of years.

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College level esports programs

  1. 1. Esports in Education Course HISTORY OF ESPORTS
  2. 2. ESPORTS club NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE ESPORTS (NACE) COLLEGE ESPORTS LEAGUE AND PROGRAMS This is the umbrella body for college and university Esports programs. NACE currently has more than sixty recognized programs from colleges and universities across the USA. It is a member-based organization that puts a strong emphasis on Esports scholarships as an instrument for driving varsity Esports development Below is a list of the top five universities that are currently viewed as having the best Esports programs. • Maryville University of Saint Louis (Town and Country, MO) • Robert Morris University Illinois (Chicago, IL) • Miami University (Oxford, OH) • University of California-Irvine (Irvine, CA) • University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
  3. 3. MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUIS (TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO) ESPORTS
  4. 4. ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY ILLINOIS (CHICAGO, IL) ESPORTS
  5. 5. MIAMI UNIVERSITY (OXFORD, OH) ESPORTS
  6. 6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA -IRVINE (IRVINE, CA) ESPORTS
  7. 7. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH (SALT LAKE CITY, UT) ESPORTS
  8. 8. ESPORTS COLLEGE LEVEL ESPORTS PROGRAMS Established colleges and universities are now starting to offer Esports programs across the United States and the world. Today, there are more than 125 varsity level Esports programs registered with the national governing body NACE (National Association of Collegiate Esports). Educational organizations that have long been on the spectator side of online gaming are becoming hubs for innovation in Esports. Schools are starting to offer scholarships for excellence in Esports to attract the talent they need to build teams that can compete on a national stage.
  9. 9. ESPORTS VARSITY ESPORTS HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY (PENNSYLVANIA) Harrisburg University is a private STEM-focused school located in the Pennsylvania state capital city of Harrisburg. It was founded in 2001 and places an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  10. 10. ESPORTS & MEDIA ESPORTS
  11. 11. NEWHOUSE SCHOOL: SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (NEW YORK STATE) The University's Newhouse School, which has courses spanning every aspect of media and communication, has launched a new course called “ESPORTS & MEDIA ESPORTS
  12. 12. Some of the content and intended outcomes of the course include: ● Giving students insight into the entrepreneurial side of the gaming industry. ● Guiding students to opportunities for making meaningful contributions to the online gaming scene. ● Helping students understand how Esports intersects with media and broadcasting. ● Offering comprehensive lessons in the history of Esports development. ● An examination of Esports technologies and various business models in the industry. ● An in-depth look at the parts played by teams, leagues, tournaments, and streaming services. ● Provide opportunities for students to work directly with Esports organizations in the production of original content. ESPORTS & MEDIA ESPORTS
  13. 13. HUB ESPORTS ARENA & GAMING LOUNGE ESPORTS
  14. 14. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA.) The University of Washington is taking a different approach to the convergence of Esports and Education. The University has recently completed and opened its first “1,000 square-foot GAMING CENTER” ESPORTS
  15. 15. 15 15 The University's HUB Esports Arena & Gaming Lounge will also serve as a platform for prominent Esports personalities. The hub is equipped with the following: ● 40 high-end gaming computers ● 2 VR (Virtual Reality) systems ● 1 broadcasting station to live stream on Twitch ● 23 Unlocked PC games ● 6 Unlocked VR games UB ESPORTS ARENA & GAMING LOUNGE ESPORTS
  16. 16. HIGH SCHOOL ESPORTS LEAGUES PlayVS + NFHS HIGH SCHOOL ESPORTS LEAGUE (HSEL) ESPORTS club
  17. 17. STATE Level two annual Esports championships ELECTRONIC GAMING FEDERATION (EFGH) NATIONAL Level ESPORTS
  18. 18. North American Scholastic ESPORTS FEDERATION OTHER HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUES ESPORTS ESPORT S club Legacy ESPORTS
  19. 19. There is a common misconception from the public that the Esports industry can only provide jobs to the top video gamers in the world. The Esports industry can be compared to football or baseball in the way that each league provides thousands of well-paying jobs outside of the players themselves. The Esports industry has now grown to include everything you can expect from traditional sports and much more. FUTURE OF ESPORTS AND EDUCATION ESPORTS

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