WVU Today | Game on: WVU prepping launch of esports minor alongside development of new esports team, top player already representing the gold and blue – WVU Today

WVU Today | Game on: WVU prepping launch of esports minor alongside development of new esports team, top player already representing the gold and blue – WVU Today

A champion video game player under the direction of an esports coach of the year is competing for West Virginia University months ahead of the full launch of a new esports minor and Mountaineer esports team.

By Fall 2022, students will have the option of pursuing a 15 credit minor in esports, video games played in highly-organized and competitive environments, in person or online across the three campuses — Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser.

“As part of our academic transformation efforts, the University is looking to develop new academic programs that are highly relevant and appealing to students and that will prepare them for jobs and career opportunities in today’s dynamic economy,” Maryanne Reed, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said.

“Developing curricula in esports recognizes that it is a billion dollar-plus industry that will require professionals with skills in business, media marketing and promotions. As WVU launches its own esports team, there will be many opportunities for students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom.”

Josh Steger, director of esports and varsity coach at WVU and the 2021 National Association of Collegiate Esports Madden Coach of the Year, recently moved to Morgantown to oversee WVU’s full launch into esports after building a successful esports program at WVU Potomac State College from the ground level.

In Morgantown, his goal is to bring in a full team of varsity-level esports players by next
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