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Every gamer is familiar with streaming service Twitch, but do you know that it hosts programmes through schools and colleges? Source: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

In the US, more universities are encouraging students to explore gaming academically and professionally. For example, just this month the University of South Florida opened a physical gaming space at its Tampa campus. Part of the Recreation and Wellness Centre, the lab is equipped with PCs, cons0les, equipment, and streaming rooms; it’s the perfect space to carry out a gaming programme, like the one we’re discussing today.

Every gamer is familiar with the streaming service Twitch, but do you know that it hosts programmes through schools and colleges? Here’s how the Twitch Student Programme aims to empower gamers, streamers, and dreamers.

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The Twitch student programme could help increase viewership and potential revenue, but more importantly, it will encourage you to explore the possibilities of live streaming in entertainment. Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Unlock Twitch student perks

Once your school becomes a Twitch member, each student gamer gains access to the platform’s audience — as well as a host of perks. Any competitive team may be considered as the perks of streaming may extend beyond online gaming. You may set up official Twitch team pages, get merch and swag, and unlock support for your event. That’s not even the most exciting part …

Earn via a fully-partnered channel

As a Twitch Student member organisation, your school will receive the professional support to level up. You will be assisted in setting up an official Twitch Partnered channel, which will amplify the voice of your student body. In other words, you will receive official guidance on your journey towards becoming a pro gamer.

What exactly does this mean? Well, student gamers may start earning revenue for their university teams. How? Via subscribers on Prime Subscription and Gear on Amazon, among others. Twitch will work closely with your school administrators and advisors to set this up within the parameters of your school’s offering, including promoting its gaming events.

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Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins taking on 230 challengers in front of 700 fans in 10 live “Fortnite” games, back in 2018. Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Showcase your team’s capabilities

Through this programme, Twitch aims to offer students the means to grow their audience while representing their university. Think of it as a way to develop your skills towards a future career in gaming — which are growing in both demand and scope within the US. At the same time, bear in mind that Twitch is a streaming service much like its main competitor YouTube. You will only start earning if you have enough viewers; even then, 50% of your earnings will be shared with the network.

Keen to know more? Check out the official site and keep an eye on Study International for more student-gamer content.