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E-Sports in Connecticut

“Have the openness to look at something and say, just because it’s a new industry doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve study.”


Episode 14 of Select+CT with Kenneth Thompson, UConn, Joshua Steffenson, Manchester Public School, & Jason Chung, University of New Haven



Did you know you can make a living by playing video games? E-sports has had “incredible growth” according to research done by Influencer Marketing Hub. Jason Chung, who runs the E-sports business program at the University of New Haven. In an episode of the Select+CT podcast, he explained how you can make a living off of playing video games. Read on to find out more!

To clarify, E-sports is just a fancy term for video game tournaments. The first (known) video game tournament occurred back in 1972 at Stanford University in California. Since then, E-sports have incentivized people in various countries to set up Internet cafes! Teens & young adults tend to play video games while downing too much caffeine, so this was perfect. Publishers quickly realized it was a way to increase fandoms in across their most popular titles.

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E-sports became a marketing tool for companies in the 1980s. Connecticut was actually one of the first states in the country to offer its students E-sports. “CT has an understanding of education that has been open for a long time,” said Jason Chung, University of New Haven.

In CT, Pre-K through 12 rank number 3 in better education across the United States. It is no surprise that Connecticut swept up E-sports as soon as it started gaining traction; it really is a great place to be. Many high schools even have their own website for E-sports, which you can check out here

To clarify, when I said “playing video games”, I didn’t just mean starting a youtube channel to stream these tournaments. There are coaching positions, analyst roles, and opportunities for software developers, engineers, and SO many more ways to engage in this emerging field.  

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Taking place in even higher education, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut won the overall championship of the inaugural Connecticut E-sports showcase, which took place in April of 2021. Across four different games, SHU earned the most points from each. The university itself offers a BS in Game Design & Development, and they have a school of computer science and engineering! You can learn more about this program here.

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