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Esports Degrees Now A Thing

Colleges in the US and UK now allow students to earn a degree in esports

Between the years 2000 and 2004 I poured countless hours into the popular PlayStation 1 game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

I must admit, I got pretty good.

Mum and Dad didn’t like that I was spending so much time on the PlayStation, but I’d tell them that it’s better than me being out on the street committing crimes.

Then once a month, I’d commit a small crime to keep up the facade.

None of my friends could do the tricks I could, they’d often say ‘If there was a tournament for this, you should enter’, then we’d all laugh at the idea of winning money playing computer games.

Eventually I stopped playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, I’d accepted that there was no future in playing computer games.

Oh, and Dad smashed my PlayStation with a sledgehammer.

Now 13 years later, I have a bitter taste in my mouth as I type this.

Colleges and Universities in the UK and US have launched programs aimed at capitalizing on the booming esports market.

A market that is expected to surge to $1.1 billion in 2019.

That’s right, computer game tournaments, or ‘esports’, has become so big that students can do a degree on it.

I CAN NOT WAIT TO SHOW MY PARENTS THIS!

Ryan Chapman, 18, told CBS News that his parents were "sceptical at first" about studying esports, or competitive multiplayer videogaming.

"But now they understand how big the industry is growing, the pace it's growing at.”

“They're now really all for it because it's a great industry to start to get into," said Chapman

And it's not only colleges and universities that are adding esports to their curriculum.

More than 100 high schools in the U.S. have launched dedicated esports programs alongside their traditional soccer and football teams.

In 2019 the highest paid esports gamer made over 6 million dollars.

So, if you’re a parent who likes to switch off your child’s console and send them off to bed, perhaps next time, switch the console back on and let them stay up all night.

You just might have a millionaire on your hands.

Then again, you might not, maybe see if they’re any good before you let them stay up late.