What is the future of esports education?

With rising popularity of esports, training for the same is also increasing in demand, the next decade is likely to see an increase in esports education.

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Esports might be one of the most popular activities across the globe, but there are far fewer dedicated esports training and education centres. If someone asks a professional athlete or an actor where they trained or learned to act, they will usually reply with some university, coaching centres or something along these lines. While asking a professional gamer about their training, most will get a similar answer, they grew up playing either by themselves or with friends playing at various local tournaments.

There are dedicated academies that train talented young players, but there is still a shortage of esports education establishments that can help bring out the best someone can do in esports, be it playing as a pro, team management, or game development.

There have been many initiatives to make this possible with schools adding esports to their curricula and multiple dedicated institutes, but they still aren’t enough yet. However, with the pace esports is currently growing, gamers will likely see a lot of improvements in the next decade for esports education.

4. More awareness regarding esports

Despite being highly popular, esports is still not considered a real career or job across multiple Third World countries. Esports education will help spread awareness regarding the situation, prompting people to take it much more seriously.

Governments can also lend a hand to promote esports, after all, it boasts a huge potential for revenue generation. They can also help to build an institute dedicated to gaming and esports. These institutes don’t specifically need to teach gaming but other aspects of esports to interested individuals.

3. Dedicated training centres

There have been reports regarding dedicated training centres that provide education for esports 

Few of them are available, but with the rising number of gamers, not everyone can get in. However, over time, more of these training centres might become a common sight.

Similar to teams from schools and institutes, these training centres can also provide players with opportunities by having players compete with each other among themselves, scrims with other institutes or local tournaments.

2. Online training courses

Esports training online, this one follows the same concept as esports training centres, however, they will likely be cheaper and much more accessible to everyone. This will be highly beneficial for players who aren’t able to visit physical training centres.

One of the Counter-Strike pros s1mple recently launched his course to train players to become professional CS players. This type of thing can be popular shortly, with more pros across different games coming out with their courses. Students might even get scouted if they are well performing enough.

1. Schools adopting gaming and esports as subject

More and more schools are likely to add esports as a subject in their curricula. Making players aware of esports and its concept at an early age can help improve their skills. Similar to how players participate across different physical sports under the school or university name, gamers can also compete in local tournaments across the country or even among different institutes.

Esports will also act as a break for students, prevent burnout and may improve mental health. This will also make players realize if they are made for professional gaming or should go for a different path. Young people are especially eager to learn about esports, having a dedicated class for it, even for a few days weekly, will achieve a lot.