UK esports organisation Vexed Gaming has partnered with the University of Manchester's esports society in what could become a growing trend in the UK scene.
With this Varsity Project and the partnership with the University of Manchester, Vexed say they plan to help 'bridge the gap between education and esports', as outlined in this announcement post on the Vexed website.
Vexed will be providing students with placement opportunities and access to esports training facilities, like the one it announced last year, and helping students with esports dissertation and research projects.
The school, collegiate and university esports scene has been on the up in the UK over the last few years, with initiatives like Digital Schoolhouse, NSE, British Esports Championships and more emerging in that time.
"We’re excited to join forces with the University of Manchester’s Esports Society by providing our support, expertise and experience to allow them to gain necessary exposure and transferable skills in an emerging industry."
Mark Weller, Vexed Gaming
Esports News UK has heard from several orgs over the past year who are keen on establishing relations in the education space, and it's likely these kind of partnships will continue in the future.
Mark Weller, Vexed COO, said: "There are many job opportunities available within the esports industry beyond becoming a professional player, from marketing to production and graphic design all the way to psychology.
"There are many avenues people can take and we’re excited to join forces with the University of Manchester’s Esports Society by providing our support, expertise and experience to allow them to gain necessary exposure and transferable skills in an emerging industry, while giving us access, on an org-level, to work with up-and-coming talents across the esports ecosystem."
Felix Dayan, president of the University of Manchester esports society, added: "I’m really looking forward to working with Vexed, I’m always look for more ways to engage within the professional esports scene to offer avenues into careers for our members - and this partnership is a huge step that direction."
Vexed is also running giveaways for students including goodies for gaming and studying.