Logan McLean, Esports Advisor, for NGame Esports talks about the partnership between Rowan University and N3rd Street Gamers.
It was recently announced that Rowan University and N3rd Street Gamers are partnering to develop an esports program. Do you think this type of partnership is something more college programs should pursue?
I firmly believe that in five years, many more colleges across the nation will have adopted an Esports curriculum in tandem with their esports program. I think in 10 years there will be plenty of colleges filled with regret for not entering the space earlier. Instead of them seeking out guidance from successful collegiate programs, administrators will double down on their failures consumed by the belief that this fad will die off soon, surely!
Why do you think this partnership is good for both parties involved?
This partnership is great news for the industry, and it is a complete shift in perspective. Five years ago, it was almost impossible to acknowledge a career in esports at the university level, now universities like UC-Irvine have an Esports Management program.
These programs are purpose-built to get people careers in an industry that was not even acknowledged five years ago, and to me, that is amazing.