Most mainstream news stories focus on esports winnings, scholarship opportunities and online viewing numbers. Those items, and the coverage in general, are good for esports exposure. However, scholastic esports environments and programs offer so much more to the participants.
While some will make the jump from scholastic to professional, more likely their time in the program will go toward a career pathway. Examples include:
- Coaching and administration
- Sales and marketing
- Event planning and coordination
- Branding and advertising
- And many more
When considering how to design your scholastic esports program, there are several areas to look at:
Varsity and General Access Gaming Spaces
Your top performing team may require more space and high-performing, dedicated, specialty equipment or that which aligns with strategic team partners. Other stations may be outfitted in a more condensed space with reliable gaming equipment. Additionally, some titles may only be available on gaming consoles. Will consoles be placed in-line with other gaming computers or perhaps share space on a desk with a PC? Consider the use and limitations each can present.
Broadcasting and Streaming Area
Shoutcasting of competitions is fast paced, requires a technical knowledge of the games and can demonstrate command of language. Media communications and interviews demonstrate the ability to plan, prepare and interact with others. Preparing the space, lighting, audio and video require technical expertise. All of these will be valuable skills to employers downstream.
Collaboration, Teaming and Coaching Space
Whether breaking down film of future competitors, reviewing team and individual performance, or strategizing on the marketing of a program or event, the need for dedicated space for group huddles has never been more important.
Social, Gathering and Spectator Space
From locker rooms to campus commons, providing spaces for students to connect has never been greater. Don’t minimize the opportunity to provide this within an esports environment. Many students will find that this is their campus destination. Allow them to make the area their productivity space and connection zone with their peers. Don’t push them out to other spaces or buildings. Additionally, consider how people can view competitions in person.
All in all, take some time to plan and consider the esports environment as a whole. If you do it right, it could help your students launch their future careers.
Scott Dorn is an executive vice president with Spectrum Industries. For more information on Spectrum’s esports planning services, visit spectrumfurniture.com/en/special/campus-rec-form.