The gaming industry becomes more and more popular in recent years. While in the past gamers were nothing more than people playing games and “wasting their time”, as the time passes people started to recognize it and realize that there is money to be made in it. How? Well from organizing tournaments to streaming and getting big sponsorships for it the Esports industry started to grow bigger, and with that the fan base and player base grew as well. This brought completely new things; such as the appearance of Esports scholarships in the US.
With all that said even the schools and colleges began paying attention to it and started giving so called “Esports scholarships”. With competitions starting to show up and the big prize pools of them, the colleges began piecing together their own teams containing players that the college had given scholarship to so it can represent them in the gaming world.
Which Colleges Offer Esports Scholarships in the US?
1. Miami University (of Ohio)
This is a school that’s competing in Division I athletics , and the first top-tier US university that began an Esports scholarship program. This all began by the popular Esports student run club asking for an official program that can support them. And being so successful and popular certainly helped them secure it.
One of the bigger things that this program archived is the first place in the NACE Overwatch Tournament in 2017 season by their Overwatch team. So when you think about it, how about applying and being one of those students who are in due to their skill and being supported by their own university?
2. Maryville University of Saint Louis
Beginning its Esports program in 2015 it became the biggest name in the world of college Esports. Focusing on its League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm teams they managed to win the 2016 League of Legends championship and went on a 40 game winning streak in the 2017 Collegiate Star League. It has the support of professional players being their coaches/analysts and leading them to such a great success stories.
They have regular practices and frequently scrim with other college or professional teams and their Esports scholarship go for as much as $2.000. A lot of money? Yea but imagine getting the money and the fame with it. In my book that’s the coolest thing.
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Originally published at https://gaming4.cash on June 4, 2019.