TeamSpeak, the massively popular online communication system used by gamers for esports and other gaming events, has entered a sponsorship agreement with Staffordshire University. The partnership was announced by both entities today and detailed what it would translate to for students of the university.
As a result of the deal, Staffordshire students pursuing esports degrees will now have exclusive access to the VOIP software. TeamSpeak will now be integrated directly into two courses offered by the British university, Bachelor of Arts in Esports and Master of Arts in Esports. This is to help prepare esports majors for real-world scenarios in the industry such as broadcasting and other aspects of esports tournaments.
Marc Henson, a representative of TeamSpeak, commented on the newfound alliance:
“We are proud to be working with the team at Staffordshire University on such an innovative and forward thinking degree course. Esports is an ever growing market that will require the best minds in the business to help continue that growth into the future, so it is a pleasure to be able to provide students with the tools and materials they need to succeed.”
Bobbie Fletcher, an associate professor at the department for games and visual effects at Staffordshire, conveyed his expectations arising from the university's deal with TeamSpeak. Fletcher hopes that the partnership will contribute to the learning experience of the students and help them carry this knowledge with them to their professional lives.
Another member and vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Ieuan Ellis praised the quality of TeamSpeak's software as an industry leader and expressed his delight at the new alliance. Same as Fletcher, he too hopes that the deal will result in a better learning experience for the Staffordshire's students.
Staffordshire University was the first university in the UK to offer degrees in the esports sector. Those who are interested in learning more about programmes in this field can check out the esports courses offered by the university on its website. Alternatively, members of the public may also opt to attend Staffordshire's Virtual Open Day.