Chung-Ang University will be accepting electronic sports (also known as eSports) applications in 2015 for men and women that are exceptionally good at video games. The South Korean university considers competitive gamers the same as traditional athletes. All competitive gamers will be enrolled in the Department of Sport Sciences with their physically athletic peers. The Department of Sport Sciences will classify eSports an individual sport, even though video games can be played competitively by teams.
In South Korea being a “pro-gamer” is a real occupation, and professional career. Sports commentators have now included eSports into their commentary with 23 eSports events happening each year. There are also ten pro-gamer groups, and 400 active pro-gamers in the country. In 2000, the Korean e-Sports Players Association (also known as KeSPA) was formed. Their mission is to get eSports to be considered an official sport, while creating new events, making sure work conditions for programmers are appropriate, encouraging the general population to play video games, and managing the broadcasting of events. If one would like to watch their favourite pro-gamers play in a tournament live, there is a 500 seat eSports stadium that was designed specifically for online gaming in Yongsan-gu.
Aspiring students not only have to be good at video games, their grades have to be exceptional as well. There is no minimum entrance exam score, however, Chung-Ang University is consistently ranked a Top 10 school in South Korea. eSports is something new of its kind, but Chung-Ang University is not shy about offering new and innovative programs. The university has been the first in the country to offer courses such as PharmacyMass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations, Photography, and Drama Studies.