Bachelor Of Science In ESports Now In The Works
Gamers and enthusiasts will be pleased to know that e-sports will soon be recognized as an actual profession in the Philippines. Lyceum of the Philippines and Tier One Entertainment (an esports and gaming agency) will collaborate to develop a four-year degree curriculum for Bachelor of Science in ESports.
The said degree will soon be offered at the Lyceum of the Philippines this coming school year once it earns the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Tier One Entertainment said in their Instagram post that they will be passing the curriculum to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in March this year. If it goes well, they might have a full course available by 2020.
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An esports course is on the way. Our CEO @trykegutierrez is at LPU, and with him is the first ever drafted curriculum for esports in the country. Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila and Tier One Entertainment are committed in making this dream a reality. We will be passing the curriculum to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on March this year. If this goes well, we might have a full course available by 2020. To our followers, we’d like to know your thoughts on this. What subjects do you want to include in the course? #TheOnePercentSays
According to their Chief Executive Office Tryke Gutierrez, the new degree program will have two tracks: Game Development and ESports Management. No subjects under the program were disclosed yet, however.
Gutierrez also added that if the curriculum gets approved, they won’t just be providing post career opportunities for gaming, but they will also have a new generation of graduates ready to work in the esports industry.
Before everyone gets excited about this program, Tier One CEO reminded aspiring students that this program will not be as simple as a hobby.
I also want to take this time to personally ask all the future enrollees to please take every subject seriously and learn whatever you can learn from the experts of the industry. We’ll do our best to push this industry forward but we need more help. Study hard, train hard. We need you. See you in 4 years!!
While the Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to recognize ESport as a Degree, several universities abroad are already offering the program, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom.
Currently, only game development programs are offered in the country by nine universities and colleges which are the Asia Pacific College, CIIT College of Arts and Technology, Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Laguna), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University Laguna Campus, FEU Institute of Technology, iAcademy, Mapua University Makati campus, and University of the East- Manila.