Yes you read the title right, Philippines is finally having its very own esports school! Playing while learning is absolutely one of the biggest dreams of Filipino students that are also gamers, specially Dota 2 players. No need to be envious anymore of other countries having Esport schools.
The specific school we’re talking about is University of the Visayas New School’s (UVNS). Starting this June 2017, UVNS will be having Esports and game development under their senior high track for arts and design. The core subjects are theory, mechanics, strategy and game awareness. In this track students would also be learning game design, branding, shoutcasting as well as entrepreneurship. UVNS is by the way located at Mandaue City in Cebu Philippines.
For those who haven’t known yet, DOTA2 is one of the most played online computer game in the world and in the Philippines right now. It’s a complex Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game wherein two teams composed of 5 players each will be battling to destroy the opposite team’s base. To win this game you do not only need a good teamwork but a very high skill and perfect strategy.
Here’s the statement of UVNS’s founder and school director Genesis Raña to sunstar:
“We’ll have game strategy for Dota 2 and we will have game design and development animation and 2D and 3D animation, and of course, game creation. After two years, the students can either choose to be game creators, designers, or e-sports players in the professional league,”
The whole game design senior high track is holistic in a way that it not only teaches skill but also leadership, strategy and values that kids need to become well-functioning and productive individuals. “This will not only build skills but also character through a new medium — gaming,” Genesis also said.
So parents out there should not be worried if their children will choose this track, your child will not be only playing computer games but will also learn beneficial skills (technology skills that are on demand today) and also positive character. Not only that, professional Dota 2 players has chance to be become millionaires too! To give you an idea of how much pro Dota2 players earn you might wanna read Top 10 Filipino Dota2 players and their earnings.
Share this article on social media! Let other schools acknowledge that Esports industry is one of the most profitable and in demand career today. Wouldn’t it be more convenient if more schools in the country offer the same course?