Major University Offering Video Gaming Scholarship

Posted: Apr 7 2017, 10:09am CDT | by , in News | Gaming

Major University Offering Video Gaming Scholarship
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The hope is to work up to a team of 35 gamers with full scholarships.

If you are into competitive video gaming, you might want to look toward the University of Utah for a scholarship. The university will offer an esports scholarship because of the school's connection with video game development. The Salt Lake City school will be the first sports school to over scholarships for competitive gaming, and it is the most high profile one as well.

Utah's first esports team will play Riot Games' League of Legends and compete in the collegiate league. More teams are expected to be announced in the next few months.

The University of Utah will be the first school in the "Power Five" (the five richest athletic conferences in college sports, according to Bloomberg) to offer the scholarship. Not only is this great to bring more people to the school, but it will also encourage other schools to do the same thing. In fact, that was part of the reason behind it.

"We want others schools to join us," said A.J. Dimick, who will run the new esports program. "Let’s move this along together."

The funds for the scholarship will come from the university's Entertainment Arts & Engineering department, which was named the best video game design program for the country in 2016. All of the gamers on the League of Legends team will receive partial scholarships at first, and then they will expand it to hopefully offer more as marketing and sponsorship deals come through. The hope is to work up to a team of 35 gamers with full scholarships.

This is going to be an interesting few years as more and more schools start offering gaming as an activity or sport. For now, it is mostly smaller schools.

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