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University of Waikato launches New Zealand’s first Esports minor qualification
With three out of every four New Zealanders now involved in video gaming, the University of Waikato has launched New Zealand’s first Esports minor qualification and is taking enrolments for 2022.
Waikato is one of only a handful of universities around the world offering the minor that will provide students an overview of the Esports industry, a business expected to turn over $US1 billion this year and the world’s fastest growing sport.
Tom Featonby, Esports coordinator at the University, says the minor builds on the University’s OMEN Esport Area, launched in 2019, the University positioning itself as an Esport industry leader.
“It is such an exciting and rapidly growing industry. We also know it is where most of our secondary students are, so it’s helping to bring a connection between something they are passionate about and higher learning.”
The minor, made up of four papers, covers topics from the training and performance of elite gamers through to Esports production and broadcasting and will enable students to bring that understanding to their chosen profession.
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