Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association chairman and co-founder Nicholas Khoo at the launch event Image: SCOGA
Singapore is the hub of gaming and it has produced world-class gamers including Xian Street Fighter world champion, Tan Kim Leong (the only Asian player to represent his country in the FIFA Interactive World Cup, ESWC and World Cyber Games).
Singapore Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) has always backed budding gamers and taken gaming to the next level in the country. Singapore's Informatics Academy has launched a diploma programme which lasts eight months for full time and 12 months for part-time students.
The diploma programme will teach game development, eSports knowledge, live-streaming of tournaments, game design theories and programming. The course fee is Singapore dollars 6480 (Rs 3,25,252).
As per the arrangement, after pursuing the diploma in Singapore, students can even get a Bachelor's degree in the related field at Oxford Brookes University in Britain. The programme is in collaboration with SCOGA who also run an eSports academy.
There will be guest lectures from key developers and gaming companies such as ESL Asia, Riot Games and Twitch. Informatics Education Ltd general manager Allan Norton told The Strait Times Singapore, "As a parent (myself), it's important to know that this is both an academic pathway as well as a vocational pathway that can lead to a long-term career. There are hundreds of eSports teams across the world. There is going to be a legitimate demand for this industry itself. It's not all about the gamers, it's about the industry."