2016 eSports Review: eSports and College

2016 eSports Review: eSports and College

2016 eSports Review: eSports and College (Photo: Career Intelligence)

2016 eSports Review: eSports and College (Photo: Career Intelligence)

TNL Take: As with anything related to eSports in 2016, there was a massive increase in colleges investing in the space.

Just yesterday, Lourdes University became the 16th to provide eSports scholarships.

Interesting to note that as a Catholic and Franciscan University, Lourdes will not participate in any First-Person Shooter games.

Here's how quickly the increase in scholarships occurred in 2016:

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What's even more interesting is the centralization of the programs in the heart of the country:

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The current 15 schools - now 16 - offering scholarships:

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There's also a huge opportunity for brands:

So what's going to happen in 2017?

/01 The number of colleges offering scholarships will be 25+

/02 A conference will announce an eSports partnership

/03 A collegiate eSports tournament(s) will be broadcast on TV 

/04 Major brands will sponsor in the college space

/05 Publishers will invest more

College is expensive and any help that can be offered to those that can't afford it is great. But there's something more important to me here.

College eSports offers a home and community to those that didn't have it in high school.