"It's great to be at the forefront of what the industry is crying out for. The fact that the course clearly has international appeal is a huge bonus for all the students involved, it really will be a global course."
Rachel Gowers, Associate Dean for Recruitment in Staffordshire Business School
The UK's first Esports degree has attracted applicants from as far afield as Russia, China and America, it has been revealed.
Set to launch at Staffordshire University in September, the degree course focuses on the business side of Esports and builds on the University's reputation as a leading institution for Computer Games degree courses.
The trailblazing degree has received the backing of UK industry experts including British Esports Association, Ukie, The National University Esports League (NUEL), Fast Web Media and Codemasters who are part of a panel set up to advise on course modules.
Rachel Gowers, Associate Dean for Recruitment in Staffordshire Business School, said: "It's great to be at the forefront of what the industry is crying out for. The fact that the course clearly has international appeal is a huge bonus for all the students involved, it really will be a global course. We've received applications from Russia, Poland, China, Kazakhstan, Singapore, America, Bulgaria and Oman. We’ve also had fabulous attendance at our Open Days and parents have been just as excited as the potential students. Many have said they wish they could come too."
She added: "The University will shortly be commencing work on a dedicated Esports lab which will be ready in the summer. We've been working with the industry to make sure it is top spec as well as having the right look and feel and we can’t wait to unveil it to the new students."
Applications to the Esports course have been strong and are mirrored by the University's Computer Games degree courses which have grown significantly in recent years. The University are looking at another bumper year – with applications up 12 per cent on the same period last year.
Dr Bobbie Fletcher, Associate Professor of Games Education, said: "There's no denying that games are big business and parents and teachers no longer try to steer students away from degree courses as they are the generation that have grown up playing them. Plans to grow the UK as an Esports hub brings with it huge opportunities and we are well placed as a University to respond to that. Our work with industry offers up exciting opportunities and companies like Red Bull and gaming festival Insomnia have already offered work placements which will help equip our students with the skills they need."
Anyone interested in finding out more is encouraged to book on to the Open Day taking place on the University's main Stoke-on-Trent campus on Saturday 24 March.
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