Syracuse University is partnering with Twitch to offer an esports and media course in Fall 2018

The course is "the first of its kind."

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Syracuse University students will be offered an esports media course for the Fall 2018 semester.

The university’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications have developed a course called Esports and Media designed to explore the “historical roots of competitive video games to the current multi-billion-dollar industry.” Syracuse University has tapped streaming service Twitch to assist in the course.

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“With the growing interest in and popularity of competitive gaming—not just in terms of participation, but also broadcasting and marketing—we made it a priority to offer our students a holistic look at esports and media,” Newhouse Sports Media Center director Olivia Stomski said in a statement. Stomski will teach the course alongside assistant English professor Chris Hanson.

Twitch has been instrumental in the rise of esports. The Esports and Media class will have its own Twitch channel specifically for the course. Twitch will assist Stomski and Hanson with arranging guest speakers and “supplying guidance” to students enrolled in the course. Syracuse University students will work with esports organizations to create content to be streamed on Twitch, as well as written analysis, live broadcasting, reporting, and marketing plans.

“The world of esports is expanding at an astonishing rate, as are the number of careers associated with the industry,” Hanson said. “By collaborating with Twitch, students in our course will have the opportunity to gain invaluable insights and cutting-edge experience from leaders in the field.”