3. ESPORTS TEAMS The Toledo Blade reports Lourdes University in Sylvania (near Toledo) is recruiting men and women to fill eSports teams.
4. SCHOLARSHIPS Other universities in the state are offering scholarships for gaming. Ashland University in Ohio is offering a new $4,000 scholarship to talented Fortnite players. "Fortnite Battle Royale" was offered in fall 2018 as part of the university's eSports program.
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Scholarships will be awarded to players based on skill level and academic requirements.
5. SOME BACKLASH The University of Akron created an eSports program in 2017, citing it would attract top students while "providing an innovative pathway for students to flourish academically, socially and professionally." The decision prompted backlash from some. The Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors said at the time that Akron prioritized video games over academics.
6. OHIO COLLEGES CASH IN Dozens of colleges and universities have eSports teams. Ohio institutions with eSports teams include: Ashland University, Defiance College, Lourdes University, Miami University, Ohio Northern University, Shawnee State University, Tiffin University, University of Akron, University of Mount Union, according to ESPN.
7. HUGE MARKET In 2017, the global eSports market was valued at nearly $493 million. By 2020, eSports is estimated to be a $1.5 billion industry, according to Populous market research.
By the way of disclosure, our parent firm, Cox Enterprises, has invested in an eSports team in Atlanta.