Tennessee State University Announces Launch of New Academic Center Dedicated to Esports

Tennessee State University announced on Monday an academic center dedicated to competitive video game playing also known as esports. The center will focus on coding, design, management and more.

TSU’s SMART Innovation Technology Center will oversee the new center in which they hope to increase diversity in STEM and STEAM programs for underserved students.

Robbie Melton, TSU’s vice president of the Smart Technology Innovation Center, said the university wants to push students to look at esports as more than just a game.

“We want to look at the academics of game design, of coding, of entrepreneurship, of the psychology and the management,” Melton said in an interview.

“It’s a whole gamut of career opportunities that we want to prepare them for looking at what they’re passionate about the interest of esports.”

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SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean, Alexis Hamilton

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