The Singapore Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) has announced that they have signed three agreements with Informatics Academy, NUS, and Twitch. They aim to create the Esports Academy, an institution with the sole purpose of identifying and training potential esports stars. The academy will not just be for gamers, however; it will also hold classes to train students in other gaming-related fields. For example, Twitch will be lending their expertise in programmes like shoutcasting and live-streaming. These will include having students do a play-by-play commentary during gaming sessions.
Growing E-Sports in Singapore
The global e-sports market continues to expand to more mainstream channels, marked by its official inclusion as a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games.
These days, being a gamer looks like it’s gaining traction as a viable career option. When asked why the Esports Academy includes live streaming and shoutcasting, SCOGA chairman Nicholas Khoo had this to say:
“It’s not just about being a professional gamer. There are so many more opportunities in the growing e-sports industry, like streaming coaching and organising events.”
The Esports Academy also has the support of the National Youth Council to help build career paths for gaming enthusiasts in Singapore. The academy will provide training to more than 2,000 Singapore youths. The academy is also in the midst of talks with Riot Games and Valencia Club de Fútbol for further partnerships.
Sources: Straits Times