Within the partnership, ESforce esports holding and Skillbox online university are planning to start a special training course on esports professions. The teaching staff will include well-known practising industry experts, with some ESforce specialists among them.
Denis Tatiankin, Team Lead of Games department at Skillbox, “We are pleased to develop such a promising area as esports with the leader of the industry in Russia. This will let us create not just an ordinary course, but a whole esports ecosystem with a number of branches in our online university. Thanks to the top experts of the holding and to other invited specialists for their trust. Together we will develop esports even more!”
Sergey Barkhudaryan, commercial director of ESforce Holding, “Soon we will be able to show you this useful educational project, which will help dozens of people immerse themselves in esports just from scratch. Skillbox and ESforce collaboration help to answer one of the most common questions about esports careers — “where can I study to make my way into the industry”. Follow our announcements!”
Also, Skillbox online University will become a partner of the second season of the EPIC League in Dota 2, which runs online from November 12 to December 13. During the finals, the brand will be integrated into the Russian broadcasts of games held by RuHub studio.
Skillbox is an online university with courses in design, programming, game development, marketing and management with internships and employment opportunities. The company collaborates with 70 industry partners to develop educational programs, prepare diploma assignments and further employment. Skillbox currently has over 300 educational programs, 300 teachers and 63,000 students.
Games department appeared in March 2020 and has already grown by 14 times. The number of students is over 6 thousand and continues to grow. Skillbox teaches game design, game development on Unity and Unreal Engine, the professions of 3D generalist, concept artist, 2D and 3D artist, special effects creator, director and others. Skillbox also offers educational programs for immersion in the profession.
ESforce Holding is one of the biggest esports organizations in the world and the leader of the Russian esports. The holding encapsulates all esports business sectors: from organizing international tournaments and creating professional content to publishing and advertising.
ESforce Holding’s business include:
- Virtus. pro, the most renowned and popular esports club in Russia;
- RuHub Studio, the leading Russian-speaking esports broadcasting studio;
- Cybersport.ru, the main esports media in CIS;
- EPICENTER, the largest esports tournament series in CIS;
- Yota Arena, esports-entertainment venue.
ESforce’s resources cover more than 90% of the esports audience in Russia and CIS, as well as a significant segment of the international audience. A marketing agency — a member of the holding — ensures the synergy of the holding’s business units with the clients and partners in mind.
ESforce Holding was founded in 2015. In 2018, the holding became a member of a leading Internet and IT-company of Russia — Mail.Ru Group.