ESP 100 - Introduction to Esports

Course Description

In this course, students will learn about esports through the lens of a player, a producer, a team, and an industry. Students will produce and analyze multiple broadcasts using personal hardware. (Students are required to have access to a computer with a webcam and microphone.) We will explore existing societal concerns with the “gaming culture” and discuss what stereotypes exist. By the conclusion of this course, students will have a practical skill in streaming esports content, a better general understanding of the issues surrounding esports, and how gaming culture is emerging on a global stage. Group 2 course.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a functional understanding of the hardware and software used in esports broadcasting.
  • define current issues in the esports industry.
  • produce artifacts representing key components of the esports environment.
  • critique a current competitive scene in a video game via personal play experience.
  • demonstrate familiarity with current technology through the broadcasting of esports streams.
  • compare and contrast the universal nature of play vs. traditional cultural and societal norms.
Human Dimension:
  • describe differences between traditional play, esports, traditional sports, and “gaming”.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • describe the history of esports, including major controversies in gaming culture such as toxicity, gender, and inclusion.
Learning How to Learn:
  • self-assess their ability to engage audiences through esports broadcasting.
  • reflect on feedback from peers and the instructor.