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Posted on 06/21/2014 12:47:59 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
CHICAGO -- Note to parents: All those hours your kids spend blazing a trail of destruction in video games may not be a complete waste of time, after all.
A small private university in Chicago is offering hefty scholarship for players of one game in particular, League of Legends, which has become one of the most popular games for organized team competitions.
Robert Morris University Illinois announced its new program this month and said it recognizes the growing legitimacy of what are known as "eSports." The school says it also wants to give credit to those with a competitive spirit who don't necessarily want to play traditional sports such as basketball or football.
Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher, who will be in charge of the school's new varsity eSports program, said Friday that he expected a certain amount of surprise and attention, but was surprised by just how much feedback he's getting.
"It's interesting. There's two sides: There's the gamers side, who feel like they've been vindicated or liberated," he said. "Then there's the hardcore athletes side, who say, 'What do you mean? That's not a sport."
Melcher said League of Legends is a competitive game that demands team strategy and mental prowess, and spending money to recruit the best will deliver the types of committed students who are drawn by scholarships for traditional sports. The school is even hiring a coach for its team.
Starting this fall, the scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of tuition and 50 percent of room and board. That's worth up to $19,000 per student. Robert Morris says it is among the first in the nation to offer such substantial scholarships of this type.
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It looks as though it won’t be long before the union thugs start “organizing” the guys who play a lot of video games.
I fail to recognize the value of this. Athletes and scholars pay back the schools in the form of revenue and research grants.
What exactly does a “gamer” bring to the table? Seems like just tossing money around for no apparent reason other than to satisfy pop culture worshipers.
I find it very difficult to believe that this is ever going to be a stadium sport or pay-per-view, so, questionable money-making potential.
My college was probably one of the last ones (in the mid-late 70’s) to REQUIRE PE (for, as I recall, FOUR semesters), and, no, this did NOT count as conventional “hours”. I supposed they didn’t want to see overweight, 3-pack a day alumni engineers dropping dead in their late 40’s. I may not be in GREAT physical shape now, but I was at least passable then.
I believe that these pizza-stuffing, full-leaded (sugar) soda-guzzling couch potato gamers won’t see their mid-40’s without heroic (=expensive) medical care.
“I find it very difficult to believe that this is ever going to be a stadium sport or pay-per-view...”
What about a pay-to-play? For a certain fee, you can engage the “best of the best” from the college team. I’m not a gamer, so I don’t know if this is feasible or marketable - just a thought...