Becker esports experts present at sports management summit
Published on: January 24, 2019
The future of esports took center stage at the first of what organizers hope to be an annual Worcester Sports Management Summit. The event was hosted by the Worcester Bravehearts on Jan. 18, and the panel included two of Becker College’s esports experts.
“The job opportunities are endless,” said Vaughn A. Calhoun, director of business programs and assistant professor at Becker College. “As the industry emerges, there are new needs. Someone needs to market tournaments, find sponsors, as well as play on teams and develop games. We’re an esports hub at Becker, staying in close contact with esports industry leaders to make sure our students are prepared for not only current jobs but future ones.”
The panel also included Timothy Loew, executive director of MassDiGI, general manager of the Becker Varsity Esports Program and the Esports Club advisor.
“Getting into sports is highly competitive,” said Loew. “At the same time, you’re seeing traditional sports teams branch out into esports and sponsor esports teams. If job applicants can list esports experience on their resume, it may give them an advantage they wouldn’t otherwise have in the marketplace.”
One of the biggest questions at the conference was whether esports is here to stay. The panelists had a resounding yes and pointed to the industry’s size. Market researcher Newzoo predicts a quarter of the world’s population will be “aware” of esports by 2021 and financial services company Goldman Sachs projects annual esports revenue to grow to nearly $3 billion by 2022.
At Becker, there are now three varsity esports teams and the College is preparing to begin offering a bachelor of science in esports management degree in the fall of 2019.