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The Correlation Between Esports and Desired College Majors

General Findings

A recent study developed and hosted on GYO Score reveals esports athletes are more inclined to pursue college majors in STEM than any other field. The GYO survey was conducted as part of their recruiting profile creation process and involved 1,156 esports players at both high school and collegiate levels who completed all or some of the demographic survey questions.

 

Of the 1,029 esports athletes who answered questions about their desired major, a whopping 52.6% answered that they are primarily interested to pursue college majors in the Sciences category. The Sciences category includes majors such as:

 

Computer Science / Computer Programming

Nursing

Engineering

Applied Sciences

Additional STEM-related fields

The entire list can be found in the full report

 

 

Graph 1. Demonstrates the correlation between high school/collegiate esports athletes and their desired college majors. 

 

The report found that athletes were interested in business and finance majors with nearly 11.1% of respondents saying so. The field includes majors such as:

 

Business

Finance

Economics

Accounting

The entire list can be found in the full report

 

The GYO platform study found that only 24.4% of esports athletes are interested in business/finance and arts degrees (13.3%). Arts degrees include majors such as:

 

Art design

Graphic design

Fashion

Acting

The entire list can be found in the full report


 

Photo by Anthony Brolin on Unsplash

 

Esports Athletes Compared to Traditional Sport Athletes

When compared to traditional athletics, esports players appear to have a higher variety of desired majors and study focuses than athletes pursuing a path with traditional sports such as football and basketball.  In 2016, a Bleacher Report study found college football athletes pursued degrees in business/finance and arts/social sciences much more heavily than degrees related to STEM degrees. Due to the methodology of the Bleacher Report study, direct comparison is not possible, as they have provided results with differing major groupings that are incompatible with the GYO study results.  However, the Bleacher Report results do show a much higher percentage of college football athletes gravitate towards business and social sciences than STEM-related majors, with only 9% of studies athletes falling into the “Arts and Sciences” category of the study


 

TOTALS

Communication

323

Sociology/Social Science

294

Business

291

General/Interdisciplinary

289

Arts and Sciences

195

Sports Management

186

Criminal Justice/Criminology

151

Kinesiology

150

Finance

125

Business Administration

120

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These findings are supported further by a study on major “clustering” by traditional athletes as published in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 2010.  In the study, the authors, Sanders and Hildenbrand, point to the clustering of traditional athletes towards the social science majors.  This effect appears enhanced when the athletes pursue high-profile sports such as college football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball and is also influenced by race and gender of the participants.

 

The Concept of an “Esports” Major

With esports becoming a prominent form of entertainment, esports athletes are keen on the idea of entering an esports collegiate program or gaming-related major. Approximately 13.2% of surveyed athletes would be interested in a major related to gaming and esports.  As “Esports” is not currently a major with a clear delineation in most major institutions, the study noted a variety of write-in responses that were counted towards the “Esports & Gaming Major” category featured in this study. Some of the included responses were “Esports Player”, “Esports Coach”, and “Esports Management”. 

 

For these players, they may be seeking study options that are similar to “Sports Management” programs which are significantly popular with traditional athletes. While further study is warranted in this case, there does appear to be a strong desire among respondents to somehow study a field in college that allows them to stay within the esports industry section following graduation.

 

Finally, 5.3% of respondents listed Unknown or Unsure about their interested college majors and 4.4% have been categorized as “Other”.

 

Full report

 

The full report can be requested below for academic professionals and students with an eligible and active email address registered to their school or academy (jon@university.edu).

 

Click to request the full report.

 

Methodology

 

GYO Score is an esports and gaming sabermetrics platform that seeks to discover gaming talent early and often through advanced statistics processing. This report collected responses from 1,156 GYO platform users via a scholarship recruitment survey. It’s important to note that data presented in this study relied on player self-reporting, which can introduce issues such as, but not limited to, selective memory and exaggeration. GYO grouped together majors when results were similar enough to one another to reasonably assume the answers were the same (i.e. “Computer Science” and “Computer Sciences” answers were grouped together, as were “Criminal Studies” and “Criminology”). GYO removed data that appeared to be erroneously entered or captured, such as dates out of range and improperly formatted answers.  Statistical testing was not conducted in this study, and the research conducted was exploratory. Future research could explore other behavior.

A Chinese League Of Legends tournament has been put on hold over outbreak fears

The organisers behind China’s League Of Legends Pro League have put the tourney on indefinite hold. The recent coronavirus outbreak, which has so far claimed 56 lives and infected 2,000 people in China and beyond, has scuppered plans to kick off week 2 of the LPL on February 5th. Instead, the esports season has been given a time-out until this outbreak blows over, and digital sports can be played without risk of potentially deadly infection. (more…)

State wants Riot to pay more in gender discrimination settlement

 A recent intervention from Californian state regulators could lead to an amendment in Riot's gender discrimination settlement from the initial sum of $10 million to over $400 million.The original amount, which was publicly announced back in December 2019, was to be divided between approximately 1,000 women who had worked at Riot between November 2014 and the time at which the settlement was finalized.However, according to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times, the California Department of Fair…

GYO COD MW League - Season 2 Announcement

Hello COD players,

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and new year. We've been busy at work updating and adding features to our league software to provide a better experiance for you all. 

Season 2 is kicking off after a great period of testing during season 1. We've made some changes to the format and structure. Check out the changes below: 

1. League and game chat lobbies

We've added a chat lobby now to the league homepage dashboard and for each of your individual matches. We want communication to be fluid without you having to go back and forth from discord to the site. This is currently in "beta" mode, so there may be some bugs. We'd love for you to utilize the chat lobby so we can get some feedback on improving this. 

2. Pre-made teams and free agents are allowed in Season 2

There was a substantial amount of teams that requested to join with pre-made teams. Starting season 2, teams may join as complete teams. 

Free agents are also welcome to join and captains will utilize the draft process to ensure those players are placed on a team. 

3. Games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday for 9pm EST. 

We saw that the weekend in the evening is the most open times for participants to play. Games will be scheduled for a locked start time. We want to make sure people can schedule adequetly without having to discuss re-scheduled times. We're not going to completely ignore rescheduling, if it works best for both teams and it's within a reasonable time, we'll allow it. 

4. If you paid for Season 1, you do not need to pay for Season 2. 

Please message me through GYO messages or discord if you have any questions, we're looking forward to kicking off Season 2 and improving the leagues for you all! 

Noah Hankinson

Discord: Noah Hankinson#9532

Riot Tabletop is the League Of Legends developer's new board game division

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Legends Of Runeterra's open beta kicks off at the end of January

We’re just two weeks away from getting our hands on Riot Games’ shiny new League Of Legends CCG, Legends Of Runeterra, as it hits open beta on the 24th January. The beta marks the start of the very first ranked season, in which players will be able to climb from Iron to Master rank just like in League Of Legends. It’ll also bring three new guardians, six new boards, loads of updated cards, a bunch of improvements, and a friends list so you can challenge all of your pals. (more…)

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