NEW HAVEN — The University of New Haven announced a new “academic partnership” with the Twitch video game streaming platform Wednesday, describing the affiliation as an effort to “support the university’s pioneering programs in esports” planned to begin in the fall.
As part of the program, officials said Twitch and the university will launch a joint class, “Introduction to Live Streaming and Streamer Economics,” allowing students a “unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the recent growth of Twitch.”
“Our Esports and Gaming and Esports Management students will have the chance to learn from and build relationships with the executives of one of the most successful companies in the gaming industry,” said Brian Kench, dean of the University of New Haven’s Pompea College of Business, in a release. “The interactions will provide unmatched learning experiences and incredible networking opportunities.”
As part of the new esports course, the university has developed a “comprehensive academic curriculum,” which was the first in the field to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, officials said.
The university previously announced “an association the university finalized with HyperX, the sponsor of some of the world’s top esports organizations,” officials said.
Officials said both partnerships came about through the work of Jason Chung, assistant professor of sport management and executive director of the university’s esports program. Chung is “a lawyer who specializes in building programs focused on succeeding in the business of esports,” officials said.
“I am excited to be able to provide our students an inside look at what makes Twitch an industry leader. The streaming side of esports and gaming provides a wide variety of career paths. Thanks to our association with Twitch, our students will be well-prepared to pursue these opportunities,” said Chung. “The partnerships that we have forged will enable us to provide unmatched learning opportunities that will prepare our students to excel.”