University of Utah joins list of US schools to offer Esports scholarships
Yeah, mom, I’m moving to Utah for Uni.
Crossing academics with competitive video games is clearly starting to become the norm as the University of Utah joins the trend of forming their own Varsity Esports team starting with Riot Games’ League of Legends.
Hailed as one of the “Power Five conferences”, which in the USA means that you’re one of the NCAA members to offer the highest level of collegiate football and is also home to one of the best collegiate football teams, the University of Utah is the first from the members of the said conference to offer Esports scholarships and hopes that other institutions follow suit, with A.J. Dimick, of the university’s Game Studio Relations, and head of the new Esports program saying “We [University of Utah] want others schools to join us” in their Esports venture.
As they are starting with League of Legends, the University of Utah varsity Esports team will soon be participating in Riot Games’ League of Legends Collegiate League with the players to initially receive a partial scholarship, which will soon expand to a full scholarship which targets a set total of 35 student gamers.
The University of Utah now joins the growing list of schools in the USA to offer Esports scholarship programs, which also includes schools like the University of California – Irvine, which is developing their own Esports Arena, and Ohio’s Lourdes University.