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Utah Colleges Are Starting To Launch ‘Esports’ Teams

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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.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!