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Now Loading at Mizzou: Esports Program Coming Next Fall

University of Missouri leaders plan to offer a competitive gaming program beginning Fall 2019 

By Erica Jones 

COLUMBIA, Mo. – When Arabella McEntire plays the team-based, multiplayer video game Overwatch next year, she won’t just log in as one of the best players in the nation; she’ll play as a Tiger.  

 McEntire, a freshman majoring in chemistry and health sciences from Monett, is MU’s first recruit for a new esports program that will launch next fall. Mizzou is one of the largest universities in the nation to launch such a program by joining the National Association of Collegiate Esports 

 Esports is the fastest growing sport with a global audience reaching almost 500 million fans annually. The new team will be led by interim coach Kevin Reape, who works in Student Affairs and is a world-ranked video game player. 

 “This new team will provide yet another opportunity for students to...

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