Malaysia’s Asia Pacific University (APU) is set to introduce a Dota 2 course as a 12-week university subject.
It is a development anyone paying attention to eSports would expect as the industry continues to experience a booming growth in every single one of its disciplines. This is true as in the case of Malaysia, where the latest ESL One event, ESL One Genting, was held.
The country itself is also not short of its Dota 2 stars, with players the likes of Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung and Ng “YamateH” Wei Poong dominating the Southeast Asian region in recent years, while names such as Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nai have proven that the country has no shortage of emerging talent.
Perhaps to exploit on what could prove to be a new gold mine, APU has offered a course titled APU Esports Malaysia Academy Skills Certificate in Defense of the Ancients 2”.
For the duration of the subject that “aims to teach students the fundamentals of gameplay” in Valve’s most popular MOBA, students will be taught practicals on countering opponent tactics, maturing their team plays and other winning ways in a Dota 2 professional match-up.
Nonetheless, as keen as APU is on emptying their student’s wallets there are already a two issues the administration would have to address.
Firstly, if the course is indeed to teach all students the basics to excelling in Dota 2 and not just groom already established talent, it should not have criterias such as having a public matchmaking rating of 3,000 MMR just for the introductory course — which would leave out a significant population of Dota 2 enthusiasts and talents.
Secondly, the title of the university subject which uses the name “Defense of the Ancients” is a plain mistake, seeing as Dota 2 isn’t an acronym — thus significantly betraying an element of plain ignorance on part of the administration.