Montreal Esports Academy will start their program in 2019 in collaboration with Édouard-Montpetit High School of la Commissions scolaire de Montréal.
Esports has come a long way; from established sports teams like PSG investing in esports team, to parents hiring Fortnite tutors for their kids. Now, there is an esports study program in Canada, which the Montreal Esports Academy claims as the first 100% esports study program in the country. That means it does not include other subjects like programming and arts. The program hopes to use esports “to counter isolationism, cyberaddiction and school dropout”.
The organization says that their program operates under a formula equivalent to the various traditional Sports-études programs already offered in Quebec. **Sport-Études **is a specific training program offered by the ARS Lac St-Louis in the school environment. It is the only officially recognized sports-studies program by the Quebec Government and the Quebec Soccer Federation (FSQ).
“Such a program has the same benefits for participants as traditional sports programs”, they said. “Improvement of physical and psychological health, socialization, reinforcement of the sense of belonging (team spirit), increase of self-motivation and reduction of school dropping, to name only these. Coaching and education are great ways to prevent cyberaddiction and cyberbullying. Our program promotes a healthy and structured video game practice.”
The program will be presented at Édouard-Montpetit High School Open House (French only), on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The registrations for the program will open at the event itself.Montreal Esports Academy plans to run the program for 36 weeks at 5 days a week for 4 hours. Each day will comprise of 30 minutes of physical activity, 75 minutes of theory, 120 minutes of play and a 15 minute break.
The Esports Academy also has an Arena which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for tournament play and video game training – as well as a semi-professional studio and a recording room for recordings.