The Chinese College Offering Courses On Esports Success

Jun 15 2018

Lanxiang Technical School launched its program in September, according to the South China Morning Post. About 50 students signed up.

During the first year, they work on improving their skills in popular esports games like League of LegendsOverwatch, and Counter-Strike. They also get theoretical lessons on how to succeed within the industry. After the first year, they're divided up. The best gamers focus on going pro, while others learn to become event organizers, promoters, or coaches.

School tuition costs about 13,000 yuan (around $2,050 USD), but players who join the school team don't have to pay. Lanxiang Technical says it eventually wants to tutor up to 1,000 esports students.

Market research firm Newzoo says the global esports economy will grow to an estimated $905.6 million in the coming year. The global audience will reach 380 million, and 53 percent of esports enthusiasts will come from the Asia-Pacific region. China in particular is a booming esports economy, Newzoo says, with estimated revenues of $164 million in 2018 and a total audience of 125 million.

"China is notable for the growing popularity of mobile esports, including casual titles," Newzoo senior market analyst Jurre Pannekeet writes. "For example, the Global Final of The Battle of Balls Professional League attracted an audience of 13,000 in Shanghai and 5 million viewers on various Chinese live streaming platforms."

The Olympic Council of Asia had confirmed eSports would be included at the upcoming Games and at the competition in 2022 as a demonstration sport, proponents are pushing for Olympic status.

The eSports industry already employs some 50,000 people in China, according to local data firm CNG, but they estimate the demand is there to employ a further 260,000 across the country.

 Alongside Lanxiang Technical, at least two other universities have opened up eSport courses. Overseas, Britain's Staffordshire University plans to launch a three year course next September. Universities in Finland and Moscow already offer such courses, while there is an eSport Academy in Nantes, France.

Sources: South China Morning Post, NewZoo.