Electronic sport: from world champion to lecturer at UQTR
Five-time world champion in the Counter-Strike shooter video game, Stéphanie Harvey teaches the course Ethical issues, health and well-being in electronic sport at UQTR.
Students enrolled in the electronic sports development microprogram at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières will receive their lessons from a video game world champion. Stéphanie Harvey adds the function of lecturer to a most atypical curriculum vitae.
International Bachelor of 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 of 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 Counter-Strike shooter video game world champion, she 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 or so students gathered in a class in the Albert-Tessier pavilion, and online, Thursday, during the first course of the session.
I'm really nervous, but it's something I wanted to do in my career, to give back to electronic sport, she says.
The course she teaches, Ethical issues, health and well-being in electronic sport, is the second offered as part of a new micro-program in electronic sport development launched this summer, a training to which she has greatly contributed.
This theme resonates strongly in the life of the woman who became spokesperson for the program.
I got caught up in this cycle of lack of support, in my career, also as a woman in a man's field. 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? asks the former professional player.
Stéphanie Harvey helped the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières launch its new microprogram in electronic sports development.
Exclusive to UQTR, the 15-credit undergraduate program is offered on a part-time basis, 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 management, 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 a lot of issues, and issues that can scare people. But the more we can 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 is 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 has agreed to give this course is candy for we are really happy to have it , 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 of her life to electronic sports: 20 years playing and developing for this industry where there are still few women.
The native of Quebec intends to continue to campaign 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 people. followers, all over the globe. She will also share her way of life in the book missharvey gamer and proud of it, which will be published in the coming 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. Big questions that are precisely addressed in the course she is offering this fall, with the aim of making Quebec a reference.
Maybe 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 making change things.
The firmware is the first step in the electronic sports component at UQTR, which has great ambitions, as much in research as in coaching and developing teams of players.