New £6.3m ‘digital academy’ including Esports arena opens at college in Northampton

New £6.3m ‘digital academy’ including Esports arena opens at college in Northampton

One of the first dedicated Esports arenas in the region has opened at the multi-million-pound ‘digital academy’ at Northampton College.

The digital academy is funded by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund. It includes digital workshops, a TV studio, a digital design studio, and many more specialist facilities and equipment.

Alongside the college’s already-popular Games Design courses, now, Flaghops programs will also include Esports and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.

In this fully equipped Esports arena, students will be able to take part in competitive gaming against other colleges across the country.

The assistant principal for the Arts, Digital, and Creative Industries at Northampton College, Jake Zelkowicz, said that gaming is no longer just a hobby, but it has become a genuine career choice with potentially significant rewards, and he is right, knowing that the total prize pool of the International 9 stood at an amazing $34.33 million,

At the arena’s opening, guests were able to see a demonstration from the team behind the network of Starship delivery robots and to take part in an online Valorant tournament.

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