A university in Ohio is offering e-sports programmes that will include scholarships for competitive video gaming, adding to a growing list of colleges joining in on the fun.
The University of Akron announced last week that students will be able to try out for the varsity team next fall, ABC6 reported (via the Associated Press).
If they make the cut, team members will don uniforms and have a steady practice schedule.
University President Matthew Wilson was quoted as saying some 30 to 35 students will be part of the varsity team, while each individual gamer would be eligible for between US$1,000 and US$5,000 in scholarships.
“There are many reasons why the University of Akron is investing in e-sports,” Wilson said, as quoted by ESPN.
“Not only are we confident that we will attract top students through our programme, but our programme will provide innovative pathways for UA students to flourish academically, socially and professionally.”
The university has appointed Michael Fay Jr, who has experience as a production director for e-sports competitions and an announcer for e-sports tournaments, to lead the programme.
The university’s College of Business Administration is also expected introduce an e-sports-related programme soon.
“The career pathways continue to proliferate as the e-sports industry is anticipated to grow to a multibillion-dollar industry over the next several years,” Wilson said.
“It is important for UA to be ahead of the curve and responsive to the marketplace.”
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