With the UK being the fifth largest gaming market in the world, accounting for £5.1 billion in game-related sales in 2018, it makes sense for games related courses to move to the capital, which will be happening later this year when Staffordshire University opens its own Digital Innovation Centre.
The centre, based at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, will offer courses in Esports, Computer Games Design, and Games PR and Community Management to the benefit of students based in London and unable to travel to the Stoke campus. In 2018 the university reached finalist level for the “Best Educational Institution” at the TIGA Games Industry Awards and its Games Design course has previously been named by online partner of PC Pro magazine Alphr as the best in the country.
With Games Design courses scarcely available in the UK (especially to the standard available at Staffordshire University), London localisation of the course is likely to heighten overall public interest significantly, and with the creeping popularity of esports and its associated teams, the move could well offer opportunities for new London-based teams to represent the UK on the virtual battlefield.
The centre will launch in September and will benefit from London’s innovative local technology companies and their resources, granting university students based in Stoke access to the same resources and opportunities. An open day will be hosted at Red Bull Gaming Sphere in April of this year and will explain the content within the new ground-breaking Games PR and Community Management course. Both campuses will also add BSc (Hons) Cyber Security to the current course list in September 2020.