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Staffordshire University Launches UK’s First Degree in Esports

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Staffordshire University is set to become the first university in the UK to launch a degree in Esports.

The university is looking for students to apply to the new course and asking those interested to attend its next open day on June 10.

According to Staffordshire University, the three-year course will provide students the opportunity to focus on the business of Esports. Students will learn how to host events, create business plans to develop teams, create online communities and promote events through digital marketing.

The university will also provide students the chance to join one of its six competitive societies, covering a number of well-known games including, Overwatch, Counter Strike and League of Legends.

In year one students will be introduced to Esports along with the business of competitive gaming, event marketing and organising their first event.

Year two will see students learn more about public relations and promoting events as well as the technical set ups required to deliver an ESports event. The final year of the course will see students develop a large scale commercial event from start to finish. They'll also learn about games community management and legal issues involved with ESports, before creating business plans for their own Esports company.

Staffordshire University promotes itself as one of the largest and best games universities in the UK, with a long history of event management courses.

Although fees for the Esports degree are yet to be announced, the course is due to launch for the 2018-19 academic year.