Over the last decade, the esports industry has grown in leaps and bounds, especially on college campuses.
Sean Ey, a junior computer science major, is on the esports team at Arcadia.
“I’ve played video games since I was 4, so it’s been a massive part of my life,” he said.
“I’ve met so many people, and to be able to do it in this style and play at such a competitive level, it’s great.”
College students interested in esports can now get scholarship money to compete. In 2022, approximately $16 million was awarded in esports scholarships in the U.S.
Schools offering esports find that it can be a big draw for prospective students.
“The benefit of having an esports program at a university is obviously it’s going to drive enrollment,” said Nick Alverson, director of esports at Arcadia.
Read more about the popularity of collegiate esports at schools like Arcadia University at The Christian Science Monitor.
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