Robert Morris University created sixty (yes, 60) scholarships for a team video game, League of Legends. This was brilliant and I am certain RMU will not be the last university to create scholarships for video games. Within 48 hours of the news getting out, RMU had over 2,000 inquiries, including one from Gambia, West Africa.
Generations Y and Z care more about video games than many traditional collegiate varsity sports and this is a natural response to changing consumer behavior. I expect I will see video game contests reach an audience larger than the Super Bowl in my lifetime.
My favorite quote from the story was from one player.
So it’s official, playing videogames can benefit my education now…HAHA MOM.
For more details, see the entire story at the Wall Street Journal.