The days of designating video games only to lazy Sunday mornings are over.
Today, the best gamers around the world play in tournaments shown on networks like ESPN and TBS.
Along with million-dollar contracts, popular gamers often receive sponsorships and endorsement deals, making them similar to the famous athletes we see throwing touchdowns or hitting home runs.
Welcome to the world of esports, a ferociously expanding billion-dollar industry responsible for bringing people together from any corner of the world connected to the internet.
SUNY Cortland’s Sport Management Department has taken notice and will offer Inside Sports Video Gaming, a one-credit online course examining the way esports are transforming our perception of sports in America.
Peter Han, SUNY Cortland’s Sport Management Department chair, will teach the course, which begins on Monday, March 23, and concludes Friday, May 15.
Registration for Inside Sports Video Gaming and other fourth quarter classes begins on March 9.
Contact Han for more information.
Prepared by Communications Office writing intern Dean Zulkofske