Colleges are starting degrees in esports, with $36,000 programs
On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve enrolled in.
The group clicking away on their mice are at the University of Staffordshire, one of several U.K. and U.S. schools launching programs aimed at capitalizing on the booming industry’s need for skilled professionals. In the U.S., colleges including Virginia’s Shenandoah University, Becker College in Massachusetts and The Ohio State University have debuted esports degrees.
Ryan Chapman, 18, said his parents were “skeptical at first” about studying esports, or competitive multiplayer videogaming.