The world of competitive video gaming known as Esports is a fast-growing
global phenomenon where it is expected to grow and have a net value of around
£1.4 billion by 2022. The qualification includes a diverse range of transferable
skills that enable learners to experience different areas of esports to aid
their progression to employment, either directly or via further study. Esports
offers a unique opportunity to study a sector that crosses over multiple subject
areas such as sport, business, marketing, events, enterprise, IT and the
creative industries. It provides an opportunity for the combination of social,
physical, mental and financial skills into one qualification to deepen and
expand learning, allowing various career opportunities.There is also the
opportunity to be involved in the Esports Academy which competes in the British
Esports Association Championships.
WHAT IS ESPORTS?
Esports is the term used for competitive gaming in a professional setting
such as internationally recognised tournaments or championships.
According to the British Esports Associations Championships website “Esports
is different from standard video gaming in that esports is competitive
(human-vs-human) and usually has an engaging spectator element to it, like
traditional sports. Tournaments usually consist of amateur or professional
gamers competing against one another for a cash prize. Think of esports as
competitive video gaming where skill and professionalism is celebrated. The pro
gamers who play at this level know the games inside out, much like a
professional footballer or athlete would in their respective fields”. You can
read more about it on
their website here.
WHY CHOOSE ESPORTS?
Have you had a passion for competitive gaming but haven’t had the opportunity
to go pro? Esports in education is a forward-thinking movement where students
can turn their drive for gaming into a well-established career path. Although it
may seem like a niche course to readers outside of the gaming industry, this
Level 3 Diploma can provide skills and expertise in a wide range of technical
and digital platforms.
The course is for any individual that has a keen interest in the development of Esports events, including the development of games, event management, marketing, IT, business & enterprise, and the general creative industry.
On completion of this course, students may decide to study a higher
apprenticeship, continue into higher education or go straight into employment.
Thanks to the host of transferable skills developed, the Esports course offers
many different pathways to suit all interests.
There is a wide variety of job roles that become accessible within the
Esports industry, these include: Professional Gaming, Coaching, Business
Management, Journalism and Content Creation, Sales, PR and Marketing,
Production, and Product Management to name a few.
WOMEN IN ESPORTS
According to recent studies, 1 in 20 employees in the Esports industry are
women and these statistics are on the rise. Ofcom reports show that the number
of young women that play video games has increased from 38% in 2018 to 49%.
Esports strives to be fully inclusive and aims to encourage more women to join
the competitive gaming industry. This includes campaigning to raise awareness of
women in Esports and working alongside other organisations to promote these
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