TSU hopes Academic eSports Center will give students a leg up in the industry – NewsChannel5.com

TSU hopes Academic eSports Center will give students a leg up in the industry – NewsChannel5.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — One local university is putting a different meaning behind virtual learning.

Tennessee State University is offering courses in competitive video gaming also known as eSports.

TSU announced Monday the campus will be getting an Academic eSports Center set to open on the main campus this fall.

TSU’s SMART Innovation Technology Center will oversee the new center, which seeks to promote pathways and increase diversity in STEM and STEAM programs for underserved students.

“It crosses all disciplines, whether you’re in computer science and you’re coding the game or designing, communication, broadcasting, business education,” says Dr. Robbie Melton, associate vice president of the SMART Innovation Technology Center and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Tennessee State University.

In a press release, a TSU spokesperson says leaders at historically black colleges and universities say it’s not all about fun and games, and believe eSports is a steppingstone to jobs and internships for students.

“Whether you are in preschool playing Pokemon, or you are a senior citizen playing Fortnite we try to bring in academic eSports,” Melton said, “We are behind the scenes, looking at the psychology, the technology, the innovation of game playing of entrepreneurship, managing, coaching.”

TSU has launched esports classes and joined esports organizations and leagues that will allow students to improve their gaming skills, as well as network with tech companies.

A starting salary in eSports management is around $67,000 according to sites like Zip
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