YPSILANTI – A series of three-day digital gaming camps held by Eastern Michigan University and Gen.G for girls this summer drew strong praise from participants, who noted that they learned a great deal about the gaming community and career opportunities in the field.
The camps, entitled “Gamer Girls Getting It Done,” were held during separate sessions in July and August. The July camp was for girls ages 11-17, and the August camp was for women 18 and over.
Topics included lessons from top women in the industry, tips from pros and insights on producing esports events. Campers had the opportunity to learn from, ask questions of, and play with content creators, business executives and pro gamers.
Feedback from camp participants included the following:
• “The camp content was so helpful, and so refreshing to hear face-to-face (perspective) with the speakers and staff members."
“Thank you for this life-changing experience … Meeting you guys today made me remember that I can achieve my dreams, and I really appreciate that.”
“Thank you … EMU and all the women who took the time out of their day to share their experiences with us these past three days. I’m excited to break into esports myself; this helped me feel more confident in my decision to pursue something in the industry.”
"I would recommend this camp to someone else 100 percent; best decision I have ever made. I learned so much about being a content creator, about business, and the pro player side of gaming. So much great advice was given, and I would do it again."
The camps are part of EMU’s and Gen.G’s first-of-its-kind esports partnership in Michigan. The collaboration seeks to initiate a multi-year esports program designed to attract new students, as well as connect enrolled students, faculty and alumni in building an esports community on campus for gamers to compete and share their passion.
The program includes a Futures Program featuring successful gamers, high school competitions and the camps.
“The camps offer an engaging and intimate way to learn more about gaming/esports and get into the space if you’re interested,” said Ilana Edell, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Activation for Gen.G.
Interested parties, including current/future students, alumni and fans, can click at the Eastern Michigan esports link to sign up and learn more.
For more information about esports at Eastern Michigan University, please visit EMU's esports website.
Established in 2017, Gen.G is the only major organization that owns and operates top teams in South Korea, the United States, and China. Ranked no. 6 in the inaugural Forbes list of the “World's Most Valuable Esports Companies,” Gen.G's core mission is to help fans and athletes use the power of gaming and esports to get ahead in and beyond the competition. The company has quickly become a commercial and thought leader, building a global, inclusive and cross-cultural future for sports entertainment.
More information about Gen.G esports can be found at the company website.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.