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    At more US colleges, video gamers get the varsity treatment

    BOSTON (AP) — In some ways, they’re like typical college athletes. They’re on varsity teams. They train for hours between classes. Some get hefty scholarships. But instead of playing sports, they’re playing video games. Varsity gaming teams with all the trappings of sports teams are becoming increasingly common as colleges tap into the rising popularity of competitive gaming. After…

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    Varsity eSports at Boise State

    Beginning in 2017, Boise State will host competitive videogame teams (eSports) as an officially sanctioned varsity activity for undergraduate and graduate students. Teams will be recruited and selected from current students who have part or full-time status at Boise State University. They will compete in intercollegiate play as part of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACe). Teams will compete in…

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    Georgia State Introduces eSports Programs

    ATLANTA–Georgia State University has introduced programs for students interested in eSports, organized multiplayer video game competitions that are often broadcast, and which have spurred the development of collegiate teams at institutions across the United States. Georgia State has affiliated with two organizations that enable national tournament competition and regional play:  The university has joined the National Association of Collegiate…

  • 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…

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    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 —…

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    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…

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    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.

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    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.

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    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…

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