More traditional sports stakeholders, more mainstream news outlets, and even more higher education institutions, everyone wants a slice of esports in 2018. sdrKajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) has announced that come autumn of this year, it will offer a bachelor’s degree in esports business. This is the first such specialised esports business degree worldwide. Would be students can find out more and apply here, though they should note that the joint application process is open now and ends on 24th January. Janus Pitkänen, Head of the Esports Business degree at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, said of the decision: “The aim of the new degree is to produce eSports professionals and to generate new business in this area. eSports is a rapidly growing market environment and with this degree we hope to meet the increasing demand for experts in this field.“The degree is taught completely in English and it is intended that about half of our students will come from abroad. We are not training players but electronic sports business experts.”The focus of the Esports Business degree will be ‘international business studies that are facilitated from an esports perspective’. The press release also notes that those who graduate with a degree in Esports Business, will be able to specialise in event management, game development or coaching, as per their own interests. KAMK is already a part of the country’s thriving esports and gaming sector. Game developers such as Critical Force, the company behind the mobile FPS title Critical Ops, are based in Kajaani, whilst Supercell, the dev behind Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, is based in Helsinki. Supercell was bought out by Tencent in 2016 but the headquarters remain in Finland. You can read more about Finland’s gaming and esports sector here. Kajaani University’s latest move with its commitment to its new Esports Business degree should help ensure that industry talent comes to and stays in Finland, and that the country continues to be something of a global leader in game development. Esports Insider says: Finland has a well established game development community, with the likes of Critical Force and Supercell based in Kajaani and Helsinki respectively. KAMK’s commitment to esports and this new business degree offering, especially with it being fully taught in English, should help to ensure that a new pool of talent is fostered in the Finnish town.
Wawa says it fell victim to a “data security incident” which may have collected debit and credit card information from thousands of customers at all the chain’s locations, including Florida.According to a press release, the company’s security team discovered malware on payment processing servers December 10. That threat was contained two days later.The malware affected customer payment card information at potentially all 850 Wawa locations nationwide, beginning on March 4 of this year through December 12.The company says that in-store payments and payments at fuel dispensers were affected, although ATM machines were not.“I want to reassure you that you will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges on your payment cards related to this incident,” Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens states in the press release. “I apologize deeply to all of you, our friends and neighbors, for this incident.Gheysens continues, “You are my top priority and are critically important to all of the nearly 37,000 associates at Wawa. We take this special relationship with you and the protection of your information very seriously. I can assure you that throughout this process, everyone at Wawa has followed our longstanding values and has worked quickly and diligently to address this issue and inform our customers as quickly as possible.”Pennsylvania-based Wawa is in the process of notifying customers individually and is offering free credit card monitoring and identity theft prevention services to anyone whose information may have been collected.If you think you may have been affected, click here for information on protecting your information.
The new record high comes less than two months after it reached 28-thousand for the first time on November 15th. It continues a remarkable climb for the stock index of the 30 largest companies in America.The Dow crossed the 20-thousand point threshold about three years ago, on January 25th, 2017 after President Trump was elected. (New York, NY) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average has hit another record high. The Dow is soaring past the 29-thousand mark for the first time today. Dow 29000 in sight as fading Mideast tensions help to jolt stock market higher – MarketWatch #America https://t.co/mEAZDWN8Gs— SmBizAmerica® (@SmBizAmerica) January 10, 2020 Some pessimistic economists warn that the stock market is not the economy. But hey, the new high is still great for your 401K. DOW 29000. Important to remember that the stock market is not the economy, and even less representative of the economy than in the past. The DOW and S&P more reflective of largest and most profitable companies than in the past, a concentration that has also undermined wage growth— Diane Swonk (@DianeSwonk) January 10, 2020