You Can Study DOTA at College in China

Illustration for article titled You Can Study emDOTA/em at College in China
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Many students might spend their free time at college playing DOTA. Why not spend your study time doing the same? Well, in China, you can.

According to CQ News (via That's), Chongqing Energy College now has a course on Defense of the Ancients, aka DOTA. (Note: The article did not specify whether the class covers Dota 2.)

As That's points out, the course is called "Recent Development of Electronic Sports and Analysis of DOTA" and is limited to only 90 students. That apparently doesn't stop over two hundred students from squeezing into the lecture hall.

Advertisement

During the course, various DOTA strategies are analyzed with the goal to help students not only improve their own coordination and motivation but help inspire different ways of thinking. The implication, of course, is that these skills are beneficial and necessary in the working world, which they most certainly are!

重庆一高校开设DOTA选修课 电子竞技走入课堂引争议 [CQ News via That's]

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

Whenever I think about eSports, I'm torn as to whether I should consider it the next evolution in competitive activities, or wanton excess run amok.

On the one hand - eSports competitors devote serious time and energy to it. They train, they drill, often in teams. It requires reflexes, observation, communication - all the sorts of things you'd observe in traditional competitive team sports like football and basketball.

On the other - the developed physical skillset bears very little resemblance to traditional competitive sports. You don't need to be able to run, catch, jump, throw, or fight. All you need to do is waggle your thumbs more intricately, and your greatness is fully dependent on a whole set of people who develop and balance the games. One bug fix could tank your whole game.

But then again, is that any different from auto racing, which requires an extreme technical element, without which the driver is basically useless? And in many games, particularly of the DOTA variety, there's a significant strategic element which requires you to read and react to your opponent. In traditional sports terms, that makes an eSports entrant not just a player, but also a coach, and they have to do both simultaneously and instantaneously.

Is it the next level of competition - generals competing, rather than soldiers? Or is it a child's game blown way out of proportion by societies that are no longer under physical pressures of basic survival?

Either way, I'd rather watch a DOTA match than soccer.