Some Utah colleges are starting to launch esports programs. These are competitive leagues for video gaming at the collegiate level that give students opportunities to win scholarships, find a career and more.
University of Utah Junior Alec Parent says he had to convince his parents to join. But now, he’s won $1,000 a year in scholarships and splits tournament winnings with his teammates. Parent is one of 34 students at the U of U with esports scholarships.
Athletic director for Salt Lake Community College Kevin Dustin says he will be launching an esports program for the 2022-2023 school year. He says he recognizes video games as a sport and he likes the kinds of students they attract.
A couple years ago, there were only seven colleges and universities with varsity gaming teams. Today, there are over 170 higher-ed institutions that offer esport programs for students.