The gaming landscape has transformed tremendously in the last decade. People can actually now make a living playing video games via YouTube, competitions, through advertising revenue, for example. A lot of young people are now choosing this as a career option spending 8 or more hours a day in front of their computers.
Despite some scepticism in this area – yes you can actually make a living by playing video games!
Recently, one of the top schools in South Korea, the Chung-Ang University, announced that it will be accepting computer gamers as athletes. This is due to the fact that eSports has become such a popular thing today and people who take part in such competitive area need training. Being able to have computer gaming recognized as an education skill is more than impressive and surprising as video gaming has always been seen mostly as a bad thing by parents, teachers and educational institutions.
The Robert Morris University in Illinois, United States, has also added eSports to its athletic program. Not only that, but it also offers a scholarship to professional gamers. Most of the gamers that have signed up to the eSports athletic program are League of Legends professionals, but as time passes it is expected that different kind of games will be accepted to this program.
MOBA games are perfect for a competitive gaming mix, with shooters and sports games also developing large fan bases. Certainly in the future we will be seeing more and more games being added to the eSports athletic programs.
Hopefully many more colleges will adhere to this idea going forward recognizing the fact that professional gaming is a career move which young people can make a living out off. Just like any other skill or job, this one also needs to be learned with training available – so having a special class in college that helps with this will certainly be very useful.
The US government even awarded visas to professional gamers, so this can literally change the life of a gamer. By enrolling in such a program any gamer can receive the training and tips that are needed to achieve their best performance.
Games like League of Legends or DOTA are quickly expanding with millions of people playing them daily. Even if not all of them reach the professional gaming competition stage, it cannot be ignored how large the gamer masses are – and how it is growing – and the importance of supporting the professional gamers to get the help they deserve when it comes to improving their skills and knowledge.
Having eSports recognized by colleges shows that competitive gaming has literally stepped out of the virtual world and entered into a new reality. It does, however, remains to be seen if this will be globally accepted, but for now even having a few colleges to admit the importance of professional gaming is just brilliant.