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Colleges and universities are powering up with esports teams to engage a new wave of students and create future career pathways in a rapidly growing industry.
The city’s lean toward new technology and the push from its universities have helped open the door for opportunities around competitive gaming.
New York’s Keuka College has had an outsize influence on esports. It was one of the first colleges in its state and in Division III to launch a varsity team.
Colleges across the country are capitalizing on the video gaming phenomenon. Several in Florida, including UF’s Digital Words Institute, are providing the training ground for students.
When it comes to esports infrastructure and technology, some schools let students build it while other colleges and universities expect their arenas to generate some revenue.
Harrisburg University is partnering with Nerd Street Gamers to introduce an Esports Bachelor of Science degree program to provide students with a path to careers in esports.
Florida esports athletes enjoy camaraderie and 'Good Game' competition in Super Smash Brothers tournament at Full Sail University's iconic arena, The Fortress.
Several schools now offer degrees in esports management, marketing and media, allowing students to pursue their dream jobs even if they are unable to make it as professional esports players.
Community college leaders are finding that esports raises the academic enthusiasm of current students and attracts more new full-time students to campus.
University Business talks with coach Michelle Compton-Muñoz about the future of gaming at KU, which will compete in League of Legends starting in January.
The two major universities go all in on esports, elevating it to top-level status on campus; NASEF partners with Japan High School Esports Federation on international collaborative agreement.
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