Oct 05 2020

Digital Athletes: Universities Win Big With Esports

With college sports teams facing an uncertain fall, esports players are primed for action.

College basketball players may or may not be benched, and football may be sidelined this fall, but Fortnite, League of Legends and Overwatch are still going strong.

“There is an opportunity for collegiate esports to take center stage in these circumstances,” says A.J. Dimick, director of esports at the University of Utah.

Unlike physical sports, competitive video gaming doesn’t require players to share social space (or oxygen), allowing many college clubs and teams to continue through the spring lockdown. Supported by leading technologies, university esports leaders say they are ready to keep the games going this fall, even without returning to a physical campus.

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Jonathan Robert Willis