Wilmington College is offering a minor in Esports management starting Fall 2023 as the booming industry approaches an audience of a billion globally with revenues of more than $1.5 billion. Electronic sports — Esports — feature teams competing in organized, multi-player video games. Competitions are often staged virtually so teams from around the country and the world can compete in the same events without facing imposing logistics and incurring travel expenses.
The popularity of Esports lends itself to the more and more technology-driven society of today. Esports is especially inclusive and accommodates persons with physical disabilities, while also providing competitors with many of the benefits of traditional, athletics-oriented sports: teamwork, camaraderie, self-motivation, work ethic, goal-setting and a shared experience.
Esports managers can command close to six-figure salaries.
WC's minor is designed to be completed in four semesters and is open to students in all majors however, those majoring in WC's popular sport management area would only need to take three additional courses to earn the minor. The minor features four, four-credit hour courses and three, two-credit hour courses.
The College is considering hosting an Esports club or team that would compete on an intercollegiate level.