A university in north-eastern China is now offering a course for its students who want to become better at video games and eventually get into esports.
The Shenyang University in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China is offering a course that teaches students how to play, produce, promote and provide professional commentary on video games, the teachers said, according to the Daily Mail.
The course was rolled out to the 160 students at the Journalism and Communications College in March.
Li Gang, deputy chancellor of the university, told BJ News the decision to start the course came after professional esports team Invictus Gaming (IG) won the world championship game in “League of Legends” last year.
“The course cultivates not only video game players, but also talent who can analyze games, test games, host games, run clubs and organize tournaments,” he said.
Tang Ting, another student in the course, said she wanted to learn how to play video games.
“My parents don’t support my decision, but I believe I can strike a balance between studying and playing video games,” she told Pear Video.
“It is backed an entire eSports industry which in China has a shortage of 260,000 professionals this year,” said Sun Wenyuan, who is a teacher in the course.
Shenyang University is one of the many schools in the country that offers courses in video gaming.
Several universities in the United States also began offering esports courses to their students. CBS News reported that Shenandoah University in Virginia, Becker College in Massachusetts and The Ohio State University, to name a few, now have degrees in esports.
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