Will Esports degree programs be a winning trend?

Is “I’m going to play video games for a living, I don’t need to go to college” no longer a valid excuse?

Reported by Encoura, Becker College has led the way as the first institution to offer a B.S. in ESports Management. And many institutions are following suit, including Syracuse University’s partnership with Twitch, the leading social streaming service, to offer a sports course.

And while there are great reasons to believe the future of the industry will be incredibly strong, the big question is whether or not the jobs created out of this industry are specific enough outside of event management, computer science and entrepreneurial opportunities to warrant standalone esports academic degrees? After all, reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that only 1,400 “esports-specific” jobs were posted nationally last year.

The takeaway? Trends can be powerful, and those who jump on them early can absolutely be rewarded for their first-to-market gumption. But without a clear understanding of the job market for these students post-graduation, there is absolutely a risk involved in being a trend-setter.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

As AVP of Marketing, Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.