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Top of it’s game! SGS College to deliver exciting new Esports programme in September 2021

Launching in 2021 computer games enthusiasts across the South-West will be able to study a programme in Esports at SGS College and turn their gaming passion into a successful career in this rapidly growing industry.

The course has been developed with the British Esports Association and will be launched within a new and exciting building, The Brunel Centre, which will be home to high quality facilities, including cutting-edge editing suites, TV studios and Gaming Hub.

Esports (Electronic Sports) is a term used for competitive video gaming and is a fast-growing global industry, with an estimated value set to reach £1.34 Billion by 2022 and already employs a wide range of individuals from players, coaches and content creators. The UK is part of the global Esports growth story, with UK Esports estimated to have grown at an annual average rate of 8.5% between 2016 and 2019. In 2020, global Esports was thought to have accounted for £1 billion in revenue - an annual growth of 15.7%.

The SGS Esports programme will provide opportunities to progress within the exciting gaming industry, as well as equipping learners with the skills to pursue a career in sales, marketing or event management. Beyond this, the course is designed to help develop entrepreneurship and enterprise skills, in order to create a start-up business or gain employment in a large-scale organisation.

The programme encompasses a wide range of transferable skills, enabling learners to not only experience different areas of the Esports sector, but other associated sectors, aiding the progression into employment or opportunities to progress to higher-level qualifications, such as SGS’s Foundation Degree in Computer Games Design and Development.

All learners on the Esports programme will be part of SGS College’s new Esports Academy providing high level Esports coaching, participate in inter-college competitions and compete in both the AOC and British Esports competitions and leagues. National competitions will be played from the gaming hub in the SGS Brunel Centre with games titles including Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League and Fortnite.

Alex Gaiger, Head of Faculty Sports Central, commented:

‘We are very excited to launch our new Esports education programme for September 2021. The programme is the first of its type combining skills from the world of Sport, Media, Games Design and Business and will see SGS College launch a new Esports Academy, providing learners with the opportunity to train and compete nationally in the AOC and British Esports League. With the announcement of the Northern Lights Arena submitting a proposal to develop a new creative technology and Esports Education Centre of Excellence for Bristol and the South West this will drive the Esports industry in the local area and create opportunity for our learners.’

We envisage that this course will be extremely popular so please apply now to secure your place at https://www.sgscol.ac.uk/study/academic-sport/l3-national-extended-diploma-in-esports or for more information.

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