Gamers Are Now Student Athletes at Top South Korean UniversityBy: Josh Wolford - March 19, 2014
Although we’re coming around to it, there’s no doubt that places like South Korea are a little more into eSports than we are. But if a South Korean mother did happen to get a bit concerned with the amount of time her son or daughter was sinking into gaming, or watching live public tournaments, here’s one bit of news to assuage those concerns.
According to a report from PGR21 (Korean) via Ubergizmo, private South Korean university Chung-Ang will begin to treat eSports like more traditional sports like basketball or soccer. They’ll be able to be accepted on these merits and apply for the university’s Department of Sports Sciences. Yes, that means that being super awesome at gaming could earn you a spot at a very good university in South Korea.
Chung-Ang university is one of the best schools in the country.
The university has around 30,000 students enrolled, and sits on two separate campuses–one in Seoul and one in Anseong. It’s nearly 100 years old, having been established in 1918.
The school is known for its innovative course offerings, so this new “gaming consideration” shouldn’t be that big of a surprise to people in the know. Chung-Ang University was the first in the country to offer courses in a variety of fields, for instance PharmacyMass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, Photography, and Drama Studies.
You don’t have to be able to hit a free throw or dribble a soccer ball to be considered a student athlete in South Korea. There’s something a bit heartwarming about this. There really is.
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