What is Esports?
Esports (electronic sports) are competitive games played on a desktop PCs, games console or mobile/tablet devices.
These games have become so popular across the globe, that there are now huge events held in indoor arenas where people play against each other in tournaments.
Esports can be played by all!
It doesn’t matter if someone is an amateur or professional as there are so many different Esports available, that there is practically a game for every ability.
With millions of people playing these sports, players can connect with other likeminded people and build a network of new friends and possible teammates.
How can Esports benefit Education?
Esports are very popular among younger audiences; according to UKIE, in 2018, 25% of players in the UK were 15-24 year-olds.
Not only are Esports a fun activity, they can also build a person’s digital skills and offer benefits towards learning.
The British Esports Association note in addition to these benefits, Esports help:
- Promote character development
- Increase perceptual and cognitive skills
- Decision making, reaction times and multitasking
- Boost social and communication skills
- Promote teamwork and develop communities
- Provide cyber, digital and other transferable skills
- Improve dexterity and concentration
- Increase student attendance levels
- Provide a number of intrinsic emotional rewards – making you happy!
With this in mind, it comes as no surprise as to why schools and universities are joining in with the growing Esports movement and introducing it into education.
In 2018, Staffordshire University was the first university in the UK to offer a full BA (Hons) Esports degree.
Since then, other British educational institutions have offered the likes of scholarships, level 2 & 3 courses, digital skills, and school teams, all concentrating on Esports.
From Education to a Career in Esports
As well as a popular hobby, gaming has created a variety of jobs, meaning Esports in education is becoming more in demand for those who are looking for a future in and around this growing area.
It isn’t just the professional players who can earn a significant amount of money through gaming, it’s the people behind the scenes who can also earn a great wage.
Coaching, marketing, sales, business and product management for example, are all greatly important roles within the Esports industry.
Want to Introduce Esports to your School or University?
If you’d like to introduce Esports to your school, college or university, we can help. Whether you are just looking for a couple of new desktop PCs and monitors, or you’d like a fully kitted out gaming room, Stone have all the devices and solutions you would need.
We are currently working with Gower College in Swansea, who are taking part in the British Esports Championships, to provide them with a gaming room fitted out with our Stone PCs. Case study coming soon.
Get in touch with us today to discuss your Esports device requirements.