The University of Pikeville, a small liberal arts college in Kentucky, has chosen to make gaming one of their official school sports. In doing so, the college will also offer scholarships in the same way it would to players of any school sport. Being only the second school in the country to do this, with Robert Morris University in Chicago being the first, the University of Pikeville could possibly lead off a new trend.
The scholarships will be be offered to players of the League of Legends multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. According to New Media director Bruce Parsons, this is “becoming a worldwide trend.” Parsons also thinks “there are going to be a lot of students, both nationwide and international” who will choose to look at the University of Pikeville because of this.
The University of Pikeville currently has plans to release 20 scholarships for League of Legends. The college also plans on maintaining a strict training schedule. Players will also be treated in the manner of any other college athlete, having to maintain a specific GPA.