It seems like just yesterday I had been reporting

  • It seems like just yesterday I had been reporting on the first few colleges that were beginning to give out eSports scholarships, and everybody was laughing. Well, some people still might be laughing, but the fortnite materials practice is considerably more widespread today, and moving to larger and bigger programs. And today Fortnite has been caught up in the tendency, because of course it's.

    The very first Fortnite: Battle Royale school pupil is here. It's from Ashland University in Ohio, and will provide top Fortnite players $4,000 worth of tuition to join their newly formed esports app and compete on a squads team of four. This group will combine their additional esports offerings, Overwatch and League of Legends. Open tryouts for the group will be declared sometime in the future.

    Ashland is a small college, only 4,600 students, and ranked 223rd in the country by US News and World Report. Some have accused smaller schools such as this of trying to utilize esports as a publicity stunt, and while certain, it may partly be a marketing strategy, I don't find any harm in it. These students are getting tuition cash, and then getting an instruction because of this. Nothing wrong with that, and I really don't see why scholarships shouldn't be given for video games in the event the school is determined sufficient to establish a dedicated program for it. Why not? And no, I'm not getting sucked in to this "are esports real sports?" Disagreement for the thousandth time, since I believe it doesn't matter, and the fact is that we exist in an age when best colleges are ready to pay people to play video games, and huge numbers of people are watching these events live and on streams. No matter esports "is," it is important, and hugely pertinent to younger generations especially.

    As for Fortnite, it is still in its infancy as an esport. While Epic keeps adding tools that are certainly beneficial to get a potential esports potential (the newest replay tool is phenomenal), there isn't a huge, centralized league set up yet like we see for Overwatch or League or even CSGO. There are tournaments, sure, but the sport is still finding its sea legs in the scene. Not to mention that Fortnite couldn't be a huge esport at some point later on, but it is not there yet.