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Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Examine relationships in the esports communities and understand how their different roles affect each other.

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    Explore esports from behind the scenes and learn what it means to be involved in esports.

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    Learn the structures of what an esports organizations might look like and build the groundwork for an understanding of the esports industry.

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    Understand the roles and influences that game developers have in the industry.

Skills you will gain

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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Game Developers and Esports Organizations

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Before you can have an Esport, you must have a video game to play and a game developer to design it. This course is dedicated to discussing game developers and their relationship with their respective Esport. The content will help you recognize the qualities a video game must have to become a successful Esport. We will examine the diagram demonstrating the various competitive structures commonly found in Esports. Esports, just like traditional sports, have their own professional organizations. These organizations strive to become successful businesses that win, make a profit, take care of their professional players, and attract a large audience. We will explore the factors that contribute to an Esports organization’s success, including branding, positioning, structuring the organization and funding sources.

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Course2

Esports Teams and Professional Players

4.6
8 ratings
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This course will be focusing on the competitive Esport team and individual professional players. Whether you are playing on a team or competing as an individual, you will find that being a professional Esports player is more complex and nuanced than most people realize. We will be talking a lot about the support staff surrounding players, the intricacy of navigating contracts, and the hardships of committing yourself to professional play. We will also be talking about the Esports media. Similar to sports, Esports has developed its own unique ecosystem of articles, videos, streaming, social media, and overall content creation. We will examine the specifics of different types of media and explain how each has its uses in making Esports more popular as a whole.

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Course3

Collegiate Esports and Career Planning

This course will be covering hot topics in the Esports industry. With Esports exploding in popularity over the last ten years, there are a lot of issues to discuss. We will also be talking about collegiate Esports and career planning in order to understand all the different avenues and to examine the choices available for you as you pave your way through the Esports world. We will examine collegiate Esports, as that is generally the first step, but we will be covering general career planning too.

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Course4

Esports Management Capstone Project

We will analyze the pros and cons of creating a single or multiple Esport organization and recommend an effective branding strategy for a hypothetical Esport organization based on current Esport branding considerations. You will develop a plan for recruiting funding resources for a hypothetical Esports organization and choose an Esport organization role of interest, other than Owner, and describe your reasoning.

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Instructor

About University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways....

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • 30 hours.

  • This specialization is designed for beginners with no background knowledge.

  • It is recommended to take the courses in order.

  • You will be able to transfer into the UCI DCE program with the completion of the specialization.

  • Determine the different ways game developers affect Esports and suggest opportunities they could take to better support their Esport.Describe common Esport organizational structures and suggest additional employee roles that could support the organization further.Explain the nuances of the Esports player profession and the implications of being a full-time player.Identify various forms of Esports journalism and communicate a favored type to consume.Debate divisive Esports topics respectfully in and outside of the classroom.Develop specific action items to advance future Esports participation goals.

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