With the aim of bridging the gender gap in esports, the University of Roehampton, UK, earlier this year launched an esports program exclusively for women. Initially, the scholarships were only for players interested in competing, but the educational institution has announced changes in the coming years.
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Henceforth, Roehampton will also be offering scholarships to students who are interested in the general world of esports. In other words, it will now also be possible to receive support to go deeper and learn more about esports in other ways, such as the commercial, marketing and legal aspect, for example. The idea is to train professionals who are able to work outside the competitive field.
“Instead of trying to build a new generation of esports players, we are trying to build the next generation of esports professionals,” Jonas Kontaotas, the university’s esports sector coordinator, told SW Londoner.
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For him, the main goal of the new approach is to make students acquire “transferable skills”, for example “speaking in front of cameras, organizing teams or opening businesses through esports” and thus, the program will be closer to reality, and also include the business side of the world Sports.
The Women in Esports Scholarship is currently worth R$10,300 per year. In addition, applications for the 2021 school year will open next month, scheduled to begin January 14, and can be submitted through from this link.