First Canadian Academic Esports Program
Lambton College will be adding a new Esports program to its fulltime lineup for September 2018. The announcement was made earlier today as part of a college-wide Esports initiative, which also includes the creation of a varsity Esports team and a campus gaming arena.
The Esports Entrepreneurship & Administration program is the first of its kind at an Ontario college and will feature a diverse course lineup consisting of business, sports marketing, ethical leadership, health promotion and social media courses. Additionally, the program features four distinct esports-specific courses (one per term) that will help students develop a strong foundational knowledge of the emerging esports industry.
“We’ve been watching the growth of the competitive video game industry over the past few years, and felt that we were in a position to provide academic programming opportunities that would support the need for skilled professionals in this expanding industry,” said Donna Church, Vice President, Academic at Lambton College. “This new program was designed to allow students to take their passion for competitive gaming and transform it into a career.”
The program announcement coincided with the grand opening of the College’s on-site Esports arena, a campus gaming space featuring 20 Nvidia Battlebox Ultimate certified PCs to ensure a best quality gaming experience for both varsity competition and recreational enjoyment. Organizers say the climate-controlled space, outfitted with specialized gaming furniture, is the first of its kind at a Canadian college. Gamers will have the ability to livestream games to their site of choice using included OBS client and webcams while enjoying a modern selection of esports and other titles. The games list will be updated regularly and the space will be available for student bookings as early as next week. Public bookings will be available in the near future.
As part of the grand opening, Lambton College welcomed an impressive group of esports industry guests from organizations such as Twitch, Collegiate Starleague, SetToDestroyX, and more. Following the grand opening of the arena, event organizers hosted a special Esports Q&A panel with industry representatives exclusively for students. A community vendor showcase featuring gaming-related businesses from the area was also set up throughout the day.
The arena’s grand opening also aligned with two days of official try-outs for the College’s Varsity Esports team. The new Lambton Lions team, led by head coach Dave Mastrobuono, a Sarnia native and Lambton College graduate, will compete with other post-secondary esports teams across North America in the Collegiate Starleague. The team will specialize in PC gaming, with a focus on multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), real-time strategy, and combat-style games.
“We’ve been following the rapid growth of competitive gaming globally and the introduction of esports into the student life component of our College was a natural progression for us,” said Rob Kardas, Vice President, Student Success & Campus Service at Lambton College. “The addition of varsity and intramural esports to Lambton College allows us to provide a wider range of extracurricular activities for our students, giving them an opportunity to compete in a team environment, and if they choose, pursue a career in the industry.”
The new Esports Entrepreneurship & Administration program will welcome its first class of students in September 2018. Applications for this exciting new program will be accepted as early as October 1, 2017. For more details on the program, go to lambtoncollege.ca/esea
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