Playing video games can now help students afford college. More and more programs around the country are offering scholarships for skilled gamers to join their eSports teams. We take a look at these athletes, including the first class of women in the country to get gaming scholarships, as we explore the life of a competitive college gamer.
With viewers, sponsorships and prize pools now outpacing even some traditional sports, college eSports athletes can finally dream of becoming professional gamers.
The action may look different, but the tournament atmosphere has a draw just like traditional sports. Fans and athletes give their take on competitions where both bragging rights — and prize money — are on the line.
Communication is key for eSports teams. Athletes spend hours honing not only their skills but their ability to work together and adjust their strategies on the fly, while physical exercise helps keep their minds sharp.
Some of these gamers dropped everything to transfer into a program that would pay them to play. They had to convince friends and family that there was a future to eSports. Now they've turned a hobby into something with the same structure and demands as any other collegiate sport.