Harrisburg University doesn’t have a football team, and they likely won’t ever have one. Instead, they’re putting their money into videogames.
After a lengthy recruitment process and months of tryouts, the Pennsylvania science and tech school has awarded 16 full-ride scholarships for incoming students who excel in Hearthstone, League of Legends, and Overwatch.
Esports popularity hasn’t quite translated into college sports thus far, and isn’t regulated yet by the NCAA. So Harrisburg figures that if they invest early, they can get a jump on everyone else.
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I think this report by Vice News kinda misses the point. There are plenty of jobs which a video gamer might fit into:
In addition, game theory has been an important part of economics, and certainly will play a role in the development of AI: