The KAMK Esports Business Championship is an event created and developed by 2nd year Esports Business student at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Richard Withers and his team consisting of fellow Esports Business classmates. While planning and executing the event the team will be collecting hours to complete their 10-credit ‘Esports Summit’ course which allows students to gain valuable hand-on experience in esports/gaming related projects on their choosing. The project received oversight and support from esports lecturer Jani Vatulla and Kirsi Sievers, Head of International Business Degrees.
The original concept was to execute a nationwide event series featuring in-person LAN events, local competitions, and industry professional speakers from the respective region; but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team was forced to adjust the programming accordingly. From the participating four cities including Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Vantaa, and Kajaani the event content was combined and moved to an online format. This allowed for youth teams from across the country to participate in the Open Qualifiers on October 10th, 2020. From the registered 16-teams’ teams, four emerged victorious. Teams CINCCINCINICET, onksvaloo, Freestylerz and moromimmeil will compete on Saturday, November 14th in the first KAMK Esports Business CS:GO Championship!
The youth CS:GO tournament will be streamed directly from Myst1s (local Twitch streamer with over 20,000 followers) studio in Kuopio. This tournament will be accompanied with lectures from nine exciting esports industry professionals speaking about their journey in the scene and what it takes to enter the business side of esports.
The projects primary goal is to educate youth on the side of esports which they may not know. The event aims to showcase that there is a lot more than playing games involved in the business world surrounding the rapidly growing industry. The event will also be used to showcase Finland’s first and only Esports degree program offered by Kajaani University of Applied Sciences.
Jani Vattula, lecturer