COLLEGE KIDS HAVE A SICK EDGE WITH ESPORTS
So, your parents diss your sick video games as a distraction… Well, do they know that nearly 200 colleges in the United States alone offer a staggering amount of $15 million a year in scholarships? Or that university teams can earn millions in prizes for participating in tournaments?
Sure, videogames have had a nasty reputation since we can remember (Hey Kid from the 90s! Remember the whole ordeal of the blood code for Mortal Kombat 1 in Genesis?) and they are also considered by many mind-numbing and an unwanted distraction, but all that pounding on buttons does have its merits. It could very well fatten up your college fund.
Esports has loomed into an almost billionaire industry, much like the common sports you’re used to seeing: recruiters, coaches, arenas, the works. Those 200 colleges we mentioned? They are offering all those millions a year in scholarships for the esports elite. And guess who’s also getting in on the fun? Silicon Valley (honestly. Is there anything tech-related they haven’t already clawed into?), of course.
PlayVS, a startup for organizing high school leagues in the esports area has raised millions from investors. People like Diddy (Sean Puffy Combs, P Diddi, Puff Daddy, Chupacabras…. Whatever…) and Adidas are some of the helping hands that made PlayVS reach $46 million in funds. Let’s check out some juicy data:
The average student involved in esports scholarships gets $4,800 in tuition awards per year, but others can get up to 50% off tuition.
Blizzard Entertainment hooked up with Tespa, which is an official collegiate league for titles that include Hearthstone, StarCraft, and Overwatch. Tespa has exploded into nearly 850 schools –which amounts to some 20,000 players—and has distributed awards adding up to more than $3 million in tournament winnings alone (Right, Where Do I APPLY?).
Good Career Option
Over half of college students believe esports can be a career, much like regular sports. Stats? Well, take a look at this: the 2018 League of Legends World Championship had more viewers than the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four. Added up, MICS OFF BI%%EDITORCONTENT%%amp;%!
Popular Esports Titles
Collegiate esports teams have a liking for League of Legends and Overwatch, although Fortnite is by far the most popular among high schoolers. Both titles have official college leagues that are sanctioned by their publishers.
Keep in mind that these are no-exercise sports (Yes, we’re talking to you Mr. Couch Potato!)
Practice periods average some 4 hours a day, and a great many players don’t exercise at all. And, as in every sport, these players have a tendency towards some particular health conditions… We’re not recommending you take on this career for the sake of your health, but, WHATEVER, your cholesterol level, not mine.
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