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E3 2018 | Alienware Academy online program aims to train the next generation of pro gamers

Alienware Academy program aims to train the next generation of pro gamers (Source: Dell)
Alienware Academy program aims to train the next generation of pro gamers (Source: Dell)
Dell wants the Alienware brand to be more deeply associated with competitive gaming. Instead of just eSports sponsorships like other brands, Dell will attempt to train potential pro gamers directly with the help of Team Liquid. Details are still very scarce on what the online program will involve, but we are expecting more to be revealed during Dell's E3 press conference.

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E3 is kicking off this week and Dell is showing its support with an Alienware booth dedicated to laptops, desktops, accessories, and eSports announcements.

One particular announcement involves a partnership with both Team Liquid and Tobii to create an online course for serious PC gamers. Called Alienware Academy, Dell is promising "data-driven lessons and challenges" on popular competitive games to introduce students to the world of competitive gaming. Its first course, for example, encompasses over 10 lessons in CS:GO with custom maps and objectives to test mechanical skill and strategies.

As for Tobii, the online platform will utilize its eye-tracking technology to record gamer habits and provide potentially useful data on how to improve. The eye-tracking hardware has already been integrated onto some notebooks including the Alienware 17, Acer Predator, and MSI GT72S.

Alienware Academy is definitely an experimental concept for Dell to push its Alienware PCs into the eSports world. If more professional gamers can associate Alienware with serious gaming, then this can be a boon to the image of the brand for consumers.

The free online program will begin accepting applications for closed beta this month with lessons starting in July.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-06- 6 (Update: 2018-06- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.