Finally, a college course we can believe in! Here at Esports Samurai, we’ve never been great believers in wandering bleary eyed into a university lecture only to listen to obscure theories which held little practical value in our lives. Apparently the good people of the Asian Pacific University in Malaysia agree with us, as they’ve started offering a 36 week programme in Dota 2! We know Dota2 is pretty tough, but this just seems crazy! So what’s it all about and why would anybody take this crazy college course?
Official institutions are a little stuck with how to approach esports. Some have moved towards supporting major events, understanding that it encourages competition and social skills, albeit in a new virtual world. Some colleges have even offered athletic scholarships to esports players to get them to come and play on their teams. This APU Dota 2 programme, though, is looking to take us in a strange, hilarious but kind of exciting direction.
Dota 2 University Course
The course, which is officially called the APU eSports Malaysia Academy Skills Certificate in Defense of the Ancients 2 seems to offer a one stop shop for players looking to go from a bedroom amateur to a competitive esports challenger. The course helps you to:
- Develop essential skills required in competitive gaming of the subject matter:
- Build understanding and strengthen game knowledge
- Improve individual play styles
- Train game senses and reflexes
- Develop understanding of team dynamics, effective teamwork, sportsmanship and good play ethics
- Develop a range of soft skills such as leadership, perseverance, critical thinking, decision-making, problem- solving, communication and others
Sounds pretty legit to us! The course is split over three levels, which should culminate in you being able to enter competitive tournaments.
Am I Eligible For This Insane Course?
The good news is, if you’re unhinged enough to want to take this course, you’re probably qualified for it! To get in at the beginners level, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Able to speak English
- 13 years old or above (Sorry, small children! No academic esports for you…yet.)
- Interested in Esports
- Willing to learn.
- Matchmaking ranking of 3000 MMR or above.
It’s really that easy! Intake starts 22nd April 2017, we’ll be there as we’ve been struggling with our good play ethics of late and want to work on it at a Malaysian academic institution.
See you in Kuala Lumpur!