What are ESports?

ESports, or team-based video game competitions, are not only the future of popular entertainment, they are leaders of the present, quickly filling the void left by traditional sporting events. Like physical sports, they encompass a mixture of raw talent, acquired skill, and coaching. Increasingly, colleges and universities are offering significant ESports scholarships to develop their own competitive teams. Like YouTubers, gamers and streamers are becoming veritable and well-paid occupations that allow for individuals to make a living (and sometimes much more) doing what they love. 

  1. ESports are inclusive of students of different ages, genders and physical abilities.  
     

  2. ESports teams create a virtual community.
      

  3. Students learn cross-functional skills such as broadcasting, digital arts and social media marketing. 

Scholarship Info

The University Network
A list of 24 scholarships available to high school students.
https://www.tun.com/blog/esports-scholarships-for-gamers/
Esports-Scholarships.com
A break down of colleges offering scholarships to bolster their team by region
https://www.esports-scholarships.com/scholarships-region
Next College Student Athlete
Guide to ESports scholarships for parents and students. Includes a portal for coaches of college ESports teams to discover prospects.
https://www.ncsasports.org/college-esports-scholarships
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Popular ESports Games

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Rocket League

Rocket League is like soccer with a super powered car. This game is great for its cross-platform functionality.

FIFA

FIFA is a yearly released soccer game that very closely mirrors the dynamics of actual gameplay.

League of Legends

League of Legends is one of the most competitive and high profile esports games. Suitable for Mac / PC. 

Super Smash Bros

Smash Bros is a Nintendo game that is  a classic for competitions. Slightly more limiting due to team size and console restrictions. 

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Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a free-to-play online digital collectible card game. Available on tablet.

Fortnite

Fortnite is a popular FPS game with a massive worldwide following.  Highly cross-platform.