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University of Leicester to offer unique esports course to help students gain experience in the video games industry

Partnership between University of Leicester and global esports company ESL UK to provide students with valuable insights into esports business

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 July 2017­
The University of Leicester is partnering with the UK arm of global esports company ESL to develop a unique course to help students gain valuable insights into the esports industry.

The course, which is the first of its kind, will help students to gain knowledge in developing services for esports, giving them hands-on access to data and intelligence from esports specialists to provide them with a unique advantage in gaining employment in the sector.
Jeremy Levesley, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leicester Department of Mathematics, who is leading on the development of the course, said: “People learn best when at play, so now more than ever, developing the use of games as a medium for learning is of paramount importance. Esports is a very important component of this, as it becomes more popular around the world.
“I am hoping that students will gain commercial awareness of the esports business model, which is one of the fastest growing parts of the gaming economy.”
ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions.
James Dean, managing director of ESL UK, said: “As the esports industry grows in the UK, we are keen to establish an ecosystem that is sustainable for the future. A key component to this is training and attracting talent to the number of roles the esports industry provides. The course outlined by the University of Leicester is very exciting for students looking to join the esports industry and we are delighted to support it.”  
More information about the degree, entitled ‘Data Analysis for Business Intelligence’, which will feature the new module, is available here:  https://le.ac.uk/courses/data-analysis-for-business-intelligence-msc
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Notes to editors:
For more information contact Professor Jeremy Levesley on email jl1@leicester.ac.uk

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