TeamSpeak has partnered with Staffordshire University to integrate its audio communication platform into the school’s BA (Hons) Esports and MA Esports degrees.
Students will have access to TeamSpeak as part of professional setups for broadcasting and esports tournaments as part of their education.
Staffordshire University introduced the UK’s first esports degree at its Stoke-on-Trent campus in 2018. The University has since founded Digital Institute London which also offers courses in esports and other digital degrees.
Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, commented on the partnership in a release: “Staffordshire University is a digitally leading provider of higher education strongly connected to the technology and games industries. We are delighted to be partnering with TeamSpeak to provide our esports students with access to sector-leading software to support their learning experience.”
TeamSpeak’s latest partnership is one of several it has made in the education sector. According to s release, TeamSpeak recently embarked on a “large-scale project” to provide competitive voice comms for “all High School Esports in the USA, with the ultimate goal of supplying colleges and college leagues around the world.”
The company’s website lists Caltech and The University of Bamberg in Bamberg, Germany as sponsored organisations.
Marc Henson, Head of Marketing for TeamSpeak, added: “We are proud to be working with the team at Staffordshire University on such an innovative and forward-thinking degree course. Esports is an ever-growing market that will require the best minds in the business to help continue that growth into the future, so it is a pleasure to be able to provide students with the tools and materials they need to succeed.”
Esports Insider says: Education is the next big frontier for esports sponsorships. We see more learning institutions from middle school to college create gaming curriculums and teams all the time, putting TeamSpeak in a prime position to get in on the ground floor as a communications provider.