North American esports organisation Ghost Gaming has announced plans to launch the Ghost Gaming Academy, a youth platform aimed at developing skills through gaming and esports.
In addition to unveiling the academy, which is set to launch in Q1 2023, the organisation has named PK Graff as its Director.
Armed with a range of esports academy experience, Graff has launched 11 middle school esports programmes and also acts as a General Manager for seven varsity esports teams across the state of Georgia.
The academy will offer online courses alongside opportunities to compete at gaming venues across North America. Academy students also have chances to attend invitational events at Ghost Gaming’s headquarters and esports campus in Atlanta.
Academy courses will provide information on a range of careers within the esports industry including becoming a professional player, content creator and game designer. Moreover, participating students will have options to interact with competitors in the Georgia Esports League and Ghost Gaming’s roster of players and coaching staff.
Ghost Gaming has expanded its presence within grassroots and collegiate esports over the course of 2022. In August, it became the operator of the Georgia Esports League and in October it inked a deal with Georgia-based healthcare provider Piedmont.
Todd Harris, CEO of Ghost Gaming, spoke on the launch: “Structured esports can transform youth screen time into personal development and skill development.
“PK is a top practitioner of scholastic esports and our program combines his classroom and youth esports coaching experience with content and lessons from game industry professionals including professional competitors, coaches, gaming content creators, and even game designers. Our Ghost Gaming Academy mission is to deliver positive and inclusive gaming experiences that empower youth to shape their future.”