The University of Utah has announced the launch of an esports program. While the program will initially support just one game : league of Legends, they are looking to expand to other esports titles.
The goal of the project is to provide full scholarships to 35 players.
“Esports has had a dramatic rise in popularity in the U.S. over the last few years – especially on college campuses,” said A.J. Dimick, director of operations for the U’s new esports program. “We think college esports is a great opportunity and we want our students to be part of it.”
Power Five schools represent the most recognizable college names in traditional sports and Dimick hopes this new program will inspire more Power Five schools to launch teams.
Utah's new "varsity" esports team will start with partial scholarships. Goal is to eventually offer full scholarships for up to 35 gamers. https://t.co/qTMZrR6veK
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