Electronic sport: from world champion to lecturer at UQTR

International Bachelor in Architecture, winner of the second season of reality TV Big Brothers Celebrities and writer, the 30-year-old has worn many hats in her life, but she is best known under the pseudonym missharvey.

In the world of electronic sports, we can even attach to the name of this former professional player the distinction of international celebrity. Five-time shooter video game world champion counter strikeshe is now director of esports franchise development for the Counter Logic Gaming division of the American company Madison Square Garden Company.

It is this expertise that she comes to share with the thirty students gathered in a class in the Albert-Tessier pavilion, and online, Thursday, during the first class of the session.

I’m really feverish, but it’s something I wanted to do in my career, give back to esports she says.

The course she leads, Ethical issues, health and well-being in electronic sportis the second offered as part of a new microprogram in eSports development launched this summer, a training to which she has greatly contributed.

This theme resonates strongly in the life of the woman who has become spokesperson for the program.

I was caught in this cycle of lack of support, in my career, also as a woman in a field of men. This field is democratizing, getting bigger and bigger, we are talking about billions of people on the planet who play video games. How do we improve things for our neighbour? questions the former professional player.

Stéphanie Harvey helped the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières to launch its new micro-program in electronic sports development.

Photo: Radio-Canada

Exclusive to UQTR, the 15-credit undergraduate program is offered on a part-time basis, with one course per semester. Obviously, this university offer comes at the right time.

In Quebec, 85% of young people under the age of 18 play video games, says the head of electronic sports development at UQTR, Benoit Tellier. We are already doing great things in the province, but in terms of supervision, there is work to be done. It is to equip our students on notions such as healthy development and ethics that the microprogram was built.

And the students are there. They come from several different cities and gravitate in the industry. Andy Bonin left Joliette to attend the first class. He came to perfect his knowledge to improve his coaching skills with electronic sports teams in high school and college.

Alysson Gince, she traveled from Granby to be present. In addition to owning a game room, she offers school perseverance support to young people through video games. Ethics are of particular interest to him: There are many issues, and issues that can scare people. But the more we will be able to demystify them, frame them, the more we will be able to open doors.

UQTR is satisfied with the number of registrations. For a new course, in a new field, it’s a participation that almost doubles our expectations. adds Benoit Tellier.

Stéphanie Harvey’s experience is certainly an asset. For all our current projects, his expertise is very important. In terms of the place of women and inclusiveness in the field of electronic sport, Stéphanie is very important and the fact that she agreed to give this course is a treat for us, we are really happy. to see her continues the one who also collaborated in the development of the new program.

At 36, the former champion, who is also a consultant to the International Olympic Committee’s Electric Sports Development Forum, has devoted more than half her life to electronic sports: 20 years playing and developing for this industry where women are still few in number.

The native of Quebec intends to continue to militate in favor of the supervision of her sport, because yes, she ardently defends the title of athlete associated with this universe which reaches nearly three billion followers, all over the globe. She will also share her way of life in the book. missharvey gamer and proud to be which should appear in the next few days.

In the eyes of Stéphanie Harvey, the future of electronic sport depends on education and awareness of various issues, such as physical inactivity, cyberaddiction, violence in virtual communities and the place of women in electronic sport. Major questions that are precisely addressed in the course she is offering this fall, with the aim of making Quebec a benchmark.

Perhaps they will have learned things, that they will develop their critical spirit and will say to themselves: I have the possibility of doing something, because I think that for our cybercitizenship, we are all responsible for make things change.

The microprogram is the first step in the electronic sports component at UQTR, which has great ambitions, both in research and in coaching and developing teams of players.

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