Maryland HBCU Bowie State University Expands Esports Investment by Opening Its First-Ever Games Lab and Adding New Field of Study in Virtual Game Design.
After launching its esports team in February, BSU goes on to unveil its official esports game facility and a new program where students can earn a degree in video game design.
According to the Washington Business Journal, the historically black public university in Prince George County, Maryland, is still seeking more funding for the new lab. By opening the first games facility, the HBCU hopes to encourage more students interested in esports to join the college team and pave the way for a new undergraduate degree in game design.
“This is all part of an effort and also plans to create a university game design program,” said university spokeswoman Cassandra Robinson.
At the start of the development phase, the new project does not contain detailed information on size, costs and launch date. However, the university’s director of admissions, Brandon Vinson, pushes for new cutting edge consoles and virtual reality technology.
“The platform can also boost teamwork, leadership and confidence building,” said Vinson, according to the outlet. “All of these things allow you to better prepare for the next steps after graduation in employment. “
Bowie State has made a funding offer and is awaiting the results, Washing business diary reports. But in the meantime, the school is creating audience centers within student residences and other public spaces where participants and the curious can support the esports team tournaments, and potential prospects can get more. information before potentially joining the team.
Bowie State is one of the first renowned HBCUs and colleges to express a serious interest in esports. The school’s commitment to esports is to nurture the professional skills of students within a growing and dominant tech industry.