A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted Worcester's Becker College as a national leader in in the rapidly growing esports industry. Esports, which involves live and streamed multi-player video game competitions and is tied closely to game production, has achieved international popularity rivaling that of major league sports in the United States. The industry is projected to grow to $1.7 billion by 2021, and its viewership, to half a billion people. The Journal noted that Becker, already renowned for its program in video game design, is the first institution of higher education in the country to offer an Esports Management degree.
The Architectural Heritage Foundation is partnering with Becker College to study potential uses for the Aud. The school has contributed its expertise in interactive media to developing a vision of the Aud as a cultural and educational institution devoted to technological innovation.
Read the Wall Street Journal article here:
E-sports is rapidly becoming a major athletic and economic player. Can the city of Worcester get in the game early with the Aud redevelopment project?
“The games that are competitively viable in the collegiate sphere have real depth, have deep levels of strategy, and require strategic teamwork and require real mastery to be successful — and not just by yourself, within a team environment and through using tactics.”
Read the full New York Times article here.
On September 9, the Worcester Telegram featured the Worcester Aud redevelopment project in its news coverage. The article emphasized AHF's partnership with Becker College to explore possible uses of the Aud as a visual arts and technology center:
City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said the two parties are looking into the feasibility of converting part of the Lincoln Square landmark into a cutting-edge, interactive media, technology and arts center. He said it would support content creation, streaming, competitive gaming, online production and include an eSports venue, as well as collaboration, education, design and development facilities.
Read the full story here: http://www.telegram.com/news/20180909/becker-tech-arts-center-emerges-as-possible-use-for-worcester-aud
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