Competitive Gaming is now a College Major in China

By Tye Donaldson, October 27, 2016

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What was once distracting you from your homework can now be your homework, and possibly make you millions. 

Competitive video gaming, commonly known as “E-sports,” is now being offered as a college major in China, according to The Nanfang. E-sports competitions are held all around the world, with some offering up to USD6.6 million in first-place prize money. Dota, Hearthstone, and League of Legends are three of the most prominent and lucrative games played by the pros.

Gaming in China
The official DOTA 2 World champions in 2014.

The popularity and revenue generated by E-sports has led to China’s Ministry of Education approving competitive video gaming as a college major. Next fall, the first E-sports class will be taught at the Hunan Sports Vocational College. Students earning a diploma in the program are also required to take courses in law, computer science and English while they learn the different aspects of video gaming.

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“We want to churn out all kinds of professionals in club management, data analysis, tactics design, sports brokering, coaching, judging and anchoring. E-sports players are just one of the many options,” said Liu Jun, vice dean of Hunan Sports Vocational College, regarding the coursework of the new major.

[Images via Huffington Post, Digital Trends]

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