Lyceum University pioneers E-sports college degree in the Philippines

E-sports Lyceum University Philippines
E-sports made its debut in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with Sibol Team Philippines emerging as champions. Photo from SIBOL Facebook.

E-sports in the Philippines will not just be about fun and games anymore but a legitimate profession when a new college degree being developed at the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) is implemented.

Tier One Entertainment, founded in 2017 by E-sports veteran Tryke Gutierrez and cosplay and gaming star Alodia Gosiengfiao, announced on February 19, 2020, that it has partnered with Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila in the drafting of a curriculum for a new 4-year college degree.

The Bachelor of Science in E-sports will have two tracks: Game Design and E-sports Management.

Aside from the 4-year degree, there will also be a 2-year program for the Associate in E-sports and Game Design.

Gutierrez posted an announcement on his Facebook page that the new curriculum is 80% complete but they cannot yet disclose the full coverage of subjects.

The gaming agency revealed on their Instagram that they will be passing the curriculum to the Commission on Higher Education on March 4, 2020.

“If this goes well, we might have a full course available by 2020” announced by Tier One Entertainment on Instagram.

Several Universities around the world offer degree programs in online gaming while in the Philippines, colleges and universities only offer game development degree programs.

Gutierrez said that this is a dream come true for him. He said the course will be an opportunity for gamers like him to show the society that gaming is not a waste of time.

“I personally believe that a proper support system is one of the strongest foundations for success and once the academe finally accepts this industry, I truly believe that the support from families of gamers will follow.

“I’m calling all the gamers out there to be ambassadors of our esports dream and help us educate the non-believers about the real potential of the gaming industry in order for the enrollees’ parents to agree to take this course.”

He also reminded future enrollees that the course will not be easy, will not be just about fun and games, and to take the subjects seriously and learn from the experts.

“I’ve been in this industry for too long to understand that it takes more than passion in order to achieve what you want to achieve in this field. You need hard work, sacrifice, skills, professionalism, and many more,” Gutierrez added. “We’ll do our best to push this industry forward but we need more help. Study hard, train hard. We need you. See you in 4 years!!”

The Tier One Entertainment E-sports champion credited the Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Javier Laurel and Paolo Laurel for believing in the project and thanked John Gonzales for connecting him to LPU.

Tryke Gutierrez also provided a list of jobs that await the graduates of the E-sports course:

Team Manager / Owner
Marketing / PR Executive
Community / Social Media Manager
Sales / Partnerships Manager
Esports Agent
Event Manager / Production Executive
Production / Broadcasting
Marketing Manager
Market Research

Game Designer
Game Tester
Video Game Tester
Software Developer
Animation Engineer
Lead Game Programmer / Developer
Associate Game Quality Assurance
Video Game Quality Assurance Engineer
Associate Technical Director
Senior Game Sound Engineer
Graphics Programmer
Technical Support Engineer

E-sports made a historic debut at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Sibol, the national eSports team, made history as well as it grabbed the first eSports gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games history after beating Indonesia in the gold medal match.

The country’s first world-class multi-gaming ESports Center (ESC) opened at the UP Town Center in Quezon City for the development of ESports and participation at the SEA Games.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the E-sports community for this new development in professionalizing the industry!

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