UK’s First Esports Degree Launched At Staffordshire University

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Staffordshire University has launched a new degree, BA (hons) Esports, which starts in September 2018.

The university, based in Stoke-on-Trent, said the three-year degree will enable students to get under the skin of esports, from hosting and promoting events, to learning about the culture and fan bases of gaming.

As reported in gamesindustry.biz, the UK’s first degree in esports is a response to trade body UKIE’s recent white paper into the topic.

“The module, which is available to students on our Games Studies course, is a fascinating branch of cultural studies. It 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. Games designers are growing up and that brings with it new trends in gaming which comes with its own set of ethical dilemmas,” said Dr. Bobbie Fletcher, Head of Games and Visual Effects at Staffordshire University.