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  • Press Releases | | NAC eSports Staff

    Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Southern University Join NACE

    Varsity competition to start this August. June 22, 2017 Kansas City, MO – The National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) is pleased to announce the approval of two institutions for membership in NACE, effective June 09, 2017. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Southern University have joined NACE in anticipation of launching varsity esports programs for this coming academic year. “We’re…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    College Scholarships for Video Games? It’s Happening

    For any parent who has fretted about their kids playing video games all day, here’s a reason to relax. Esports — team video game competition — is coming to more college campuses and some schools are treating these digital leagues like traditional sports, complete with recruiting, on-campus arenas and scholarships to entice students. “There’s a phrase out there —…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Video Games as a College Sport

    The idea of colleges fielding teams for video games, an oddity just several years ago, now supports an athletic conference and is seeing major growth. What was perhaps a wild pipe dream decades ago, merely a Dorito-fueled teenage daydream, has come true: colleges are paying students scholarships to play video games.

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    2017 Q2 Collegiate Esports Report: 40 schools giving $4M+ in scholarships

    TNL Take: When people talk about eSports, they often talk about its exponential growth. Usually there's a bit of an exaggeration with these numbers but collegiate eSports is no exaggeration. We've been seeing exponential growth in the scene since inception and it doesn't seem to be slowing. We estimate 655 students from 40 universities will receive a collective $4.1M+ in scholarship…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Move aside football, American college students can now play video games as a varsity sport

    The esports industry has boomed in recent years, commanding an audience of nearly 150 million people who are tuning in to watch competitive gamers. Now enthusiasts can even get a scholarship to attend college based on their skills. Across the US, 34 colleges offer competitive gaming as a varsity sport.

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Bellevue University Athletics adding eSports beginning in 2017-18

    BELLEVUE, Neb. -- The Bellevue University Athletic Department announced today that it will launch eSports as a new varsity intercollegiate sport beginning in the fall of 2017. Bellevue will become one of just a few universities in the country to offer athletic scholarships for eSports competitors.

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Colleges are Starting Varsity Programs for Video Games

    Professional esports — competitive video game playing as a spectator sport — is surging in the US, with revenues in the hundreds of millions and growing fast. So it’s little surprise that collegiate esports — in which universities field their own teams just as they would for baseball or basketball — has been been growing as well, to the…

  • Front Page - Featured, Press Releases | | NAC eSports Staff

    Maryville University Wins Inaugural NACE Invitational

    Saints down Miami University, 2-0 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 21, 2017) – National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) history was made Friday night, as Maryville University (Mo.) emerged as the winner of the inaugural NACE Invitational. The Saints swept Miami University (Ohio), 2-0, in the title match. League of Legends was the game title of choice for the association’s…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    Colleges flip the switch on esports

    Just seven colleges fielded varsity esports programs as of last July. Now, nine months later, there are 34 varsity esports programs across the country and some officials project as many as 50 to 60 schools will sponsor an esports team by the next academic year. Varsity esports looks very much like other sports programs, with full-time paid coaches, scholarships,…

  • News | | NAC eSports Staff

    All-women's Stephens College breaks ground with varsity esports program

    An all-women's college became a pioneering institution in esports Thursday. Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, will be the first women's college to sponsor a varsity esports program. The Stars will field an Overwatch team starting in Fall 2017...

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