Bring life to your own games with new Esport Design Certificate


What’s the fastest-growing form of entertainment in the world? Esports, the world of competitive video gaming.

The popularity of esports has skyrocketed over the last decade, with popular games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, Fortnite and many more drawing crowds of players and audiences. Revenues have been increasing globally at 9.7 percent per year. Last year, video game revenues totaled $139 billion.

Certificate program

Prepare for an entry-level career in this growing field with a new certificate program in Esport Design from Jackson College. Game designers use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation for games that players find both fun and challenging. Learning computer 3-D modeling, animation and lighting in video game production, students will explore the creative and technical sides of game design.

Skills such as artistic talent and creativity paired with technical skills will help. Designers may collaborate with a team on an idea, so strong communication skills are necessary. Those hoping for a career in the field will want to build a portfolio of work along with their education. Internship opportunities will be available.

“There are many opportunities in esports, it’s a field that is growing,” said Dr. David Smith, business instructor and sport management director. “Someone starting out can make anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000 annually.”

Students may complete these requirements completely online. Students who continue on to complete an Associate in Arts in Sport Management with an Esports focus will gain a broad base of liberal arts and general education studies, as well as an exploration of sport management. Many careers in esports call for people who can handle different tasks, think on their feet and make decisions, so broadening one’s studies with diverse courses can make one more attractive to potential employers.