Miami officials note the university was the first Division I school in the country with a varsity esports team and the first to offer an academic program.
Video gaming experts predict “esports will grow faster than any other sport in the coming years, and Miami University is preparing students for this exciting future by leveraging our top-ranked game program and team with our highly successful sport management program to offer one of the first Master’s in Esports Management offered,” said school officials.
Earlier this month, Miami offered a similar series of programs for area teachers and parents.
“We were able to assist several high school teachers and administrators, and a few parents, with better understanding the esports space and thinking about how to develop programming at their home schools. We had a fantastic slate of guest speakers as well. It was great to get a peek into how things are developing at high schools in the state, too,” said Alexander.
Participants came from Middletown High School, National Trail, Eaton and Franklin Schools as well as others in the Southern Ohio area.
A number of local school systems including Middletown and Lakota have in recent years begun to offer variations of gaming development classes and cyber academies to introduce teens to cyber security careers and other advanced computer software development courses.
According to Miami’s website on its esports management program: “Esports jobs are fast-growing, with everyone from game developers to mega corporations and higher education hiring various esports occupations. Esports estimated revenue is expected to grow from $950 million in 2020 to $1.6 billion in 2023.”
Esports industry experts report the number of available esports jobs grew by 87% between 2018 and 2019.