College recognizes video games as varsity sport
College recognizes video games as varsity sport Dressed as Champions from the League of Legends online video game, Melanie Delia (L) as Lulu, Justin LaTorre (C) as Ezreal, Jason Williams as Ashe, pose at the 45th annual Comic-Con in San Diego, California (- AFP / Getty Images)
College recognizes video games as varsity sport
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As a teenager, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. He played for 10 hours a day.

His grades were poor. His parents fretted.

A few years later, the 20-year-old leads a team of players into virtual battle in a darkened room at a university in Chicago. Chung is studying computer networking on a nearly $15,000-a-year athletic scholarship. He gets the money to play League of Legends. It's the game he used to play so much at home.

"I never thought in my life I'm going to get a scholarship (for) playing a game," said Chung. He is one of 35 students attending Robert Morris University on a video game scholarship.

Gamers have become stars. Video gaming is called esports. In professional leagues, they compete for millions of dollars in prizes. They pack thousands into stadiums around the world.

Games have evolved from the days of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Today they involve multiple players. They communicate with each other in teams. The squads plot strategy, predict opponents' moves and react very quickly.

Robert Morris has about 3,000 students. School officials believe that spending money to recruit these students will enrich campus life. And add to its ranks of high-achieving graduates.

"It's coming. It's coming big time," Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher said of the esports trend.

Hundreds of colleges and universities have esports clubs. Robert Morris is the first to recognize it as a varsity sport. It's all to play a single video game, League of Legends. Teams of five use keyboards and mouses to control mythical fighters that battle.

The Robert Morris Eagles will play teams in two leagues that include Harvard and MIT. The goal is to make it to the League of Legends North American Collegiate Championship. Members of the first-place team take home $30,000 each in scholarships.

Some 27 million people play League of Legends each day, according to developer Riot Games Inc.

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COMMENTS (21)
  • ElizabethB-Bla
    10/17/2014 - 04:03 p.m.

    I read the article "College Recognizes Video Games As A Varsity Sport ". It was interesting to read that the college would allow a video game as a sport because a video game is not very educating, I think. Before reading this article, I did not know that they would even get payed to play the game.

  • HunterW-Bla
    10/19/2014 - 07:56 p.m.

    I read the article "College makes video games a varsity sport . It was cool to read that Tween Tribune would have this on here because some people think that video games are stupid. Before reading this article, I did not know what kinds of games they played.

  • Tyron-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:34 p.m.

    I think this is good this is the fucher and this should be the life.

  • CooperR-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:34 p.m.

    In this article i learned alot some things i learned are even if you don't have great grades and you are a heavy gamer you can still have a good career. Also you don't need to be smart or a athlete to get a job. Also one surprising thing i learned was you can get a scholarship for playing video games.

  • Mackenzie-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:35 p.m.

    I find it interesting that so many people will spend 10 hours or even more playing a video game as their area of work for college. College is suppose to help you find what you want to do with your life and don't get me wrong I love playing video games, but not for hours at a time. Also I think that it is a waste of time to go to college to play video games for the rest of your life when you can just do that at home which is not a good idea.

  • CooperR-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:36 p.m.

    In this article i learned alot some things i learned are even if you don't have great grades and you are a heavy gamer you can still have a good career. Also you don't need to be smart or a athlete to get a job. Also one surprising thing i learned was you can get a scholarship for playing video games.

  • Mackenzie-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:36 p.m.

    I find it interesting that so many people will spend 10 hours or even more playing a video game as their area of work for college. College is suppose to help you find what you want to do with your life and don't get me wrong I love playing video games, but not for hours at a time. Also I think that it is a waste of time to go to college to play video games for the rest of your life when you can just do that at home which is not a good idea.

  • Arnelson-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:37 p.m.

    I think it's cool to get scholarships for playing games playing games you love like COD, minecraft, donkey kong and marieo i wold do it a lot -:o.

  • Raysean-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:37 p.m.

    WOW I did not know you can get a scholarship and get paid for playing a childhood video game. I want to go to collage and do many things but I did not know you could do this, this is pretty cool.

  • Touger-Sch
    11/10/2014 - 12:42 p.m.

    It is interesting but
    I don't agree because video games are not that educating like really playing video games for 10 hours that is bad for you and you don't learn anything from the game and why would people be willing to give a scholarship of playing a game and there are 27 million people playing League of Legends that is weird.

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