Robert Morris University-Illinois will become first school to consider video games as a sport

saturday-5-620x412In the video gaming world, there are professional leagues that are in place for video game players. Many of those players also have sponsorship deals that pay them a certain amount of money for the way they perform.

One university has taken a major step that might change the way we look at competitive video gaming. Robert Morris University-Illinois will become the first school to consider competitive video gaming as a sport.

Robert Morris University-Illinois, a 7,000-student private institution with its main campus in Chicago, announced this month that it would incorporate eSports – organized video-game competitions – into its athletic program. Starting in September, League of Legends players will join hockey goalies, quarterbacks and point guards as varsity athletes at the Chicago campus. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The university plans to offer between 45 and 50 athletic scholarships to incoming gamers, said Kurt Melcher, the university’s associate athletic director. The scholarships will pay for 50 percent of tuition and 50 percent of room and board for members of the League of Legends team.

Depending on how this works out, this could be a game changer for the video game industry.

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