Universities In This ASEAN Country To Offer DOTA Degrees 2015 Onwards

"Ma, when I grow up, I'm going to be a professional gamer!"

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According to PinoyTrending, a few universities in the Philippines will be offering degrees in the game Defence Of The Ancients (DOTA)

Universities will be offering DOTA degrees according to PinoyTrending

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Because of the increasing population of DOTA and DOTA 2 Players here in the Philippines, many universities decided to make a course that will train the interested college students to enhance their skills in DOTA. The universities who will offer this course will promise that you will become a professional DOTA player after you finish the course.

To the unintiated, DOTA is an acronym for Defence Of The Ancients, an online multiplayer game

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Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a multiplayer online battle arena mod for the video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, based on the "Aeon of Strife" map for StarCraft. The objective of the scenario is for each team to destroy the opponents' Ancient, heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map. Players use powerful units known as heroes, and are assisted by allied heroes and AI-controlled fighters. As in role-playing games, players level up their heroes and use gold to buy equipment during the mission.

The reason to introduce the course in universities is to raise the standards of Filipino gamers to compete in international tournaments

The reasoning for the degree in DOTA is to raise the standard of players in the country.

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"Dota players here in the Philippines are so many, the game is extremely popular, but not so skilled enough to join international tournaments, that's why we decided to bring the DOTA course here" one of the Professors of BS in DOTA said.

The degree will take two years to complete and course material will focus on mouse and keyboard handling skills, accuracy and others

Students will learn skills such as keyboard and mouse training.

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The 2 year training will focus on: Mouse and keyboard handling skills, last hit training, accuracy and timing, strategic thinking skills, avoiding trashtalk, the story of all Heroes in DOTA, and becoming a Pro in every hero that you will use.

Gaming has been slowly getting acknowledged as a career choice and colleges around the world are even offering scholarships

Scholarships are now offered to students who play for the universities.

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With the growth of eSports at all levels, it was only a matter of time until American universities jumped on the bandwagon. Collegiate eSports is growing, and now it can help students pay for their studies. Robert Morris University in Chicago will offer 50% scholarships to students who will play varsity League of Legends for them. That’s right, LoL could help cover a ton of college fees. Why do they need this? Well, they’re joining a league. A league of League of Legends?

Such has been the rise of computer gaming that the University of Chung-Al in South Korea accepts gamers as student athletes. It is one of the top 10 universities in the country.

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Man, remember how your folks would harass you about getting ahead in life rather than molting in front of a video game for 42 hours on end? Throw this in your mama's face: Chung-Ang University in South Korea now considers competitive gamers the same as traditional athletes. And it's a top 10 (South Korean) school!

The university will begin accepting eSports applicants starting next year, with students matriculating into the school's Department of Sport Science—previously home to the ball sports you'd generally associate with college athletes.

The International, a yearly DOTA 2 tournament is becoming a very lucrative sport, with this year's prize money amounting to RM16 million. It was even broadcasted on ESPN

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The teams were playing for more than just international recognition (ESPN streamed the tournament online, as did Newbee's top prize of just over $5 million makes them the richest players in electronic sports history, per's Alex Magdaleno.

Last year, a Malaysian team came in third place and even got the attention of Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister

Also on SAYS: How two guys fell in love from trash talking on DOTA

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