In the coming years, students at the College of William and Mary may be able to minor, or even major, in esports. The College is on its way to becoming an esports powerhouse. Not only is the College one of the first institutions to offer academic classes on esports, but it also has a nationally competitive Division I esports team.
In March 2021, the College officially opened its Esports Training and Research Center (ETARC). Equipped with six high-performing gaming PCs and a streaming and production room, ETARC will serve as the home base for the College’s blossoming esports movement.
For those unfamiliar with the term, esports, or electronic sports, refers to competitive gaming. As for the academic side of the College’s esports program, classes on esports were first offered in winter 2020. Fifteen students enrolled in a completely virtual, one-credit course entitled “Introduction to Esports.” This course served as the launching point for esports studies at the College, covering the history of the movement, the evolving industry, and connections to education.
This summer, the College will launch its Esports Level-Up Program to help prepare students to enter