The Georgia Film Academy (GFA) partnered with Skillshot Media and kicked off its first-ever Esports program at Georgia State University (GSU). GSU’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) housed the public/private partnership, including online and in-person classes.
The GFA 3500 Fundamentals of Esports provides students with real-world professional workforce training while exploring the numerous career paths available at nearly 160 Esports companies located throughout the peach state. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Esports is emerging as one of the fastest-growing industries in the state.
“Georgia is rapidly becoming a global epicenter for both entertainment and technology, and the Esports and video gaming industry are at the nexus of these new economies,” Executive Director of the GFA, Jeffrey Stepakoff, said.
“Videogames are now the largest entertainment industry in terms of both revenue and popularity,” CEO of Esports solution company Skillshot Media, Todd Harris, explained. “In Georgia, gaming and Esports had an economic impact of over $830 million last year and the goal with this new program is providing a well-trained Georgia workforce for this rapidly growing industry.”
GFA plans to expand Esports training beyond the introductory pilot program to offer specialty courses as well as opportunities for coveted industry internships across Georgia. As the program and coursework grow, the GFA hopes to expand industry hubs and opportunities for all universities and colleges in the state system.
“We’ve seen first-hand the value of GFA’s film production certification in providing jobs for Georgians,” Stepakoff said. “The intent of this new program is to provide an Esports certification complete with the opportunity to glean real-world experience through internships. The GFA will ensure that our new programs, like our current film production courses, are affordable, accessible, lead to jobs, and provide great value for Georgians.”