Going back a few years, eSports was not considered to be a major sporting competition. However now, it’s safe to say that it’s on its way to becoming as popular as more traditional sports. Millions of viewers log in online to watch their favorite players play. eSports is a form of sport competition using video games, often taking the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions. The industry is growing exponentially with amateur, high school, collegiate, and professional teams now competing across the globe.

You might be interested in knowing that eSports teams are now being offered as a collegiate sport. Yes, they are giving out scholarships. So here, we are going to be talking about how you can get your kids started in esports and possibly get them a scholarship.

In June of 2019, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) partnered with the United States eSports Federation (USeF) – The National Governing Body of eSports in the U.S., to develop the AAU eSports program. The USeF is dedicated to maintaining a calendar of eSports events to promote eSports activities across the USA. With the support of AAU eSports teams will begin showing up in your local area. If there are no teams to in your area there are online resources to help you start one.

At this time there aren’t any state sponsored High School Esports programs. So, any program you find for your children will be in the form of clubs formed outside of school. Starting an esports club for your child’s high school is a great way to get a team going. If you go this route, you can get help from these organizations:

  • PlayVS – PlayVS operates state leagues in partnership with 23 state associations and regional leagues nationwide. All PlayVS leagues operate on the same schedule: two seasons (Fall and Spring) of league play followed by playoffs to crown a champion.
  • High School Esports League (HSEL) – Making esports available to every student as a legitimate varsity level sport in high schools across the nation.
  • North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) – NASEF is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to develop STEAM-based skills and social emotional attributes such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities needed to thrive in work and in life.
  • Contender eSports Gaming Centers – Contender eSports provides a venue, equipment and the training needed to get your teams ready to compete in eSports tournaments.



Getting a club going in your school with the help of companies like PlayVS and Contender eSports can be easier than you might imagine. Start by finding a supportive teacher or other faculty member and spreading the word throughout your school. Build comradery and develop your competitive edge through regular meetings and training. Finally get your kids team entered into one of the eSports leagues by contacting the resources talked about above.




The Benefits of Playing Video Games


It turns out that playing video games is a great way to get your kids interested in reading. There have been a number of studies poking into this topic, and darn near every single one of them also points out the mental and social benefits of video games. The icing on the cake is a study conducted by the National Literacy Trust, focused on how 4626 young people aged 11 to 16 playing video games impacted their reading and learning habits. Findings show:

  • 4% of young people who play video games also read materials relating to video games, at least once a month.


  • 5% of young people who play video games also write something relating to video games, at least once a month.


  • 0% of young people playing video games said that it helps them imagine being someone else


Ultimately the study determined that video games were directly related to an increased amount of reading, writing, and empathy in their lives. The most interesting statistic from the study was about how gaming encouraged non-readers to engage in a story driven medium. 73.1% of participants who don’t enjoy reading books said that playing video games helps them feel more part of a story than traditional reading.

eSports gamers gain confidence, grow friendships, and develop skills that will help them through high school and beyond.



Getting Into College with eSports

eSports scholarships grew an astonishing 480% last year, and the trend is expected to continue. Scholarships.com reports that over 30 U.S. colleges and universities are offering scholarships to fill out their schools eSports teams. Varsity scholarships for eSports have been around since 2014 when Robert Morris University (RMU) in Chicago, Illinois became the first university to offer large scholarships for members of the schools inaugural Varsity eSports League of Legends team. Gamers earned scholarships of up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board totals up to $19,000 a year (or up to $76,000 over four years).

Since then, nearly 100 colleges across the U.S. and Canada have begun offering official eSports programs. The number of schools offering the program is expected to reach (or possibly exceed) 120 by the end of this year, and we’re willing to bet that many of these schools will be eager to attract talent, meaning scholarship awards will likely be part of the package.


For now, Scholarships.com reports that more than 30 U.S. colleges and universities offer considerable scholarships for gamers. Leading the way are schools such as the University of Utah—one of the largest schools to offer scholarships for gamers, University of California-Irvine—the first public college to build a gaming arena, and Stephens College—the first women’s college to sponsor a varsity team and offer video game scholarships for women.


What’s waiting for your child after college and turning pro is the Dota 2 The International Tournament. In 2019 Dota had a prize pool of over $34 million. Today games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Fortnite, and Call of Duty have redefined the way tournaments were viewed by offering some of the biggest prize pools that the world has ever seen. So get your kids started in eSports and all that money you’ve spent on PlayStation 5 may just payoff.


Colleges That Offer eSports and Scholarships

Alma College, Alma, Michigan

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Barton College, Wilson, North Carolina

Bay State College, Boston, Massachusetts

Becker College, Worcester, Massachusetts

Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska

Benedictine University, Mesa, Arizona

Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota

Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Brescia University, Owensboro, Kentucky

Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York

Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina

Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri

Concordia University-St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Daemen College, Amherst, New York

Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Full Sail, Winter Park, Florida

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawaii

Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

King University, Bristol, Tennessee

Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio

Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri

Miami (Ohio) University, Oxford, Ohio

Midland University, Fremont, Nebraska

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania

Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri

Newberry College, New Berry, South Carolina

New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York

Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Robert Morris University, Chicago, Illinois

Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire

Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri

Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas

Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri

St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Florida

Thomas College, Waterville, Maine

Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio

Trine University, Angola, Indiana

University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

University of California – Irvine, Irvine, California

University of Jamestown, Jamestown, North Dakota

University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

University of North Texas, Denton Texas

University of Pikeville, Pikeville, Kentucky

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

University of Providence, Great Falls, Montana

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia


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