Esports University

High-quality, business oriented esports courses providing a valuable skillset to continue your academic or professional career in the industry.

Offering full ECTS-credits which are redeemable at universities across the EU.

The Four A's of Esports University

Accessible:

Fully online, self-functioning content so you can work on your own time in the comfort of your home.

Adaptable:

Esports is a rapidly evolving ecosystem, therefore our courses are consistently updated to ensure only the most relevant information is featured.

Authentic:

Created by those who wish to further legitimize and professionalize the space.

Accredited:

Backed by Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and offering full ECTS-credits.

Researcher Introductions

Morten S. Andreasen

Esport Psychologist and Mental Conditioning Expert with Tricas Esport

Author of ‘The human factor in esport’, one of the industry-leading publications on the topic of phycology in the esports field.

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Justin M. Jacobson

Renowned Entertainment & Esports Lawyer

Author of ‘Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming’

The Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming

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Tobias Scholz

Assistant Professor with University of Siegen

Author of one of the leading research titles on the topic of esports management, ‘eSports is Business: Management in the World of Competitive Gaming’

eSports is Business: Management in the World of Competitive Gaming

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Janus Pitkänen

Programme Coordinator of the Esports Business degree at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

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Morten S. Andreasen

Esport Psychologist and Mental Conditioning Expert with Tricas Esport

Author of ‘The human factor in esport’, one of the industry-leading publications on the topic of phycology in the esports field.

The human factor in esport

LinkedIn Profile

 

Justin M. Jacobson

Renowned Entertainment & Esports Lawyer

Author of ‘Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming’

The Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming

Twitter Profile

Tobias Scholz

Assistant Professor with University of Siegen

Author of one of the leading research titles on the topic of esports management, ‘eSports is Business: Management in the World of Competitive Gaming’

eSports is Business: Management in the World of Competitive Gaming

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Janus Pitkänen

Programme Coordinator of the Esports Business degree at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

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Expert Introductions

Wille Turunen

Mental Conditioning Expert

Former Head Coach for Team Secret and Rogue Esports

Caitlin McGee

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Taneli "diSTURBED" Veikkola

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Niklas "Willkey" Ojalainen

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Assembly Organizing Member

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Joona ‘natu’ Leppänen

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Course Overview

Basics of Esports Landscape

2 ECTS Credits; 54 working hours.

Learning from the past and improving the future. Providing a general overview of the esports landscape along with its key stakeholders, revenue generators, and storied history.

Esports Business

5 ECTS Credits; 135 working hours.

The Esports Business course is an all encompassing curriculum focusing on five primary topics including the initial emergence of esports, the history of management in the space, key industry stakeholders, governing principles, and the innovative Business Model Network. By completing this course content, you will have a better understanding of the esports landscape and how it applies in a management and business setting.

Self-Development and Coaching

5 ECTS Credits; 135 working hours.

Getting acquainted with theory and practice from psychology that will help you advise/practice esports professionals and amateurs in self-development and coaching.

Mental Conditioning and Psychology

2 ECTS Credits; 54 working hours.

Esport is a mental discipline. When working with esport as a professional, it’s therefore a must to have a basic understanding of how psychology and mental conditioning can help players, coaches and even yourself, to further their development. Through this course you will get an introduction to what mental conditioning is, how it fits with psychology in general and how you can use it in your real-life setting.

Esports Law and Entrepreneurship

5 ECTS Credits; 135 working hours.

Whether you are joining a pre-established organization or starting your own, understanding the legal requirements of the industry is essential to operating in the esports industry. From player contracts and sponsorship agreements to navigating the complex space of copyright infringement and business operational law, we offer a simplistic yet comprehensive view of these areas throughout this course.

Additional courses will be added based on community feedback. If you have an idea for a new course, please submit a request to esportsuniversity@kamk.fi or on the #courserequest channel on the Esports University Discord channel.

ESL Gaming, Behind the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company

For over two decades, ESL Gaming has developed into the world’s largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. Now, through the Esports University platform, ESL will provide unprecedented access into the behind-the-scenes operations and business practices of their 500+ member organization. Course topics include:

  • Business Structure of ESL
  • ESL Pro Tour
  • ESL Hiring Practices and Company Culture
  • ESL’s Esports Governance: WESA; LOUVRE; ESIC
  • ESL’s Social Media Management
  • ESL’s CSR
  • ESL Mobile
  • Events and Festivals
  • ESL Secondary Products

Join us today and gain invaluable insight into the ESL brand through lessons taught by industry experts within the organization itself! ‘ESL Gaming, Behind the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company’ is a 2 ECTS-Credit course featuring an approximate 135 hours worth of learning content spread throughout the various subtopics mentioned above.

To learn more about ESL Gaming, please visit https://about.eslgaming.com/

 To stay up to date on all ESL activities, follow the team at @ESL on Twitter or @ESLGaming on Instagram!

Accreditation

Upon completing a course on the Esports University platform, students are rewarded with full university credits through the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). These credits can be utilized to continue their academic career with universities within the European Higher Education Area, including Kajaani University of Applied Sciences!

For more information regarding the ECTS system, please visit: Introduction to the ECTS Users’ Guide

Support Staff

Platform Moderators

The Esports University Platform has a dedicated team of support staff available to provide assistance and guidance to our users. To contact our team, please email esportsuniversity@kamk.fi or visit the ‘Support Inquiries’ section of our Discord Community.

Development Team (KamIT)

The Esports Business platform is supported by the KamIT technical development team. If you encounter technical issues or bugs on this promotional page or the platform itself, please contact esportsunibugs@kamk.fi

FAQ

The industry leading educational content provided in our courses allows our students to develop a unique skillset to pursue a wide range of career opportunity in the esports industry. In addition, upon completing our courses, students are rewarded with ECTS-credits (see Accreditation section for further details) which they can use to continue their academic journey at universities worldwide!

Each of our courses are developed by renowned researchers, authors, and active industry experts with years of experience in the academic and esports landscape. All material featured in our courses was created with oversight from the Esports Research Network, a collaboration of various researchers fostering interdisciplinary research on the emerging phenomenon of esports.

Our courses are completely self-functioning and therefore can be completed on your own time and around your personal schedule. For reference, one ECTS-credit is worth an approximate 27 hours of student working time.

If you are ever in need of assistance throughout your studies, you can always reach out to our support team via the contact page on Esports University platform. Our platform features live support Monday-Friday, 8:00-16:00EEST.

If you are encountering a problem on the Esports University platform, please contact esportsunibugs@kamk.fi for further assistance. 

Supported by

University and Partners

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is the premiere institution for business and gaming related education in Europe. With an infamous game development degree and worlds first Esports Business program, our campus has a unique gaming ecosystem which provides our students with endless networking possibilities; not to mention our state-of-the-art facilities including the Esports Room and Esports Studio.

In the heart of Northern Finland rests Europe’s premier gaming educational facility. Awarded the best upper-secondary institute in the country, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences provides its students with invaluable hands-on experience within the rapidly growing esports industry. Introduced nearly two-years ago, the ‘Esports Business’ degree program delves into the various components that propel the business side of one of the world’s fastest-growing sports.

The Esports Business program at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is a truly one-of-a-kind experience for those wishing to enter the competitive field of esports. The personalized teaching structure, fully immersive gaming culture, and hands-on experience provide its students with a comprehensive education that can be found nowhere else.

To learn more, please visit kamkbachelor.fi/esports-business/