In some or the other ways, they are similar to classic college sports persons. They are on varsity squads. They undergo training for hours amid classes. Some receive heavy scholarships. But as an alternative to playing sports, they are playing video games.

On college premises, varsity gaming squads with all the accessories of sports teams are turning out to be more and more common since schools tap into the increasing fame of spirited gaming. After originally keeping its distance, even the NCAA is now taking into consideration whether it must play a role. Almost 50 colleges in the U.S. have founded varsity gaming squads over the last 3 Years, frequently providing minimum partial scholarships and supported by game analysts and coaches, much analogous to any other college group.

“We are talking to minimum 3 or 4 new schools each day. We did not anticipate this kind of reaction,” claimed Executive Director of the National Association of Collegiate eSports, Michael Brooks, to the media in an interview. National Association of Collegiate eSports is a group that stands for over 40 schools with varsity gaming squads. Spirited gaming, frequently dubbed as eSports, has turned out to be a thriving entertainment segment over the last decade, with showy professional events that draw millions of online users and fill sports arenas.

The largest tournaments give prize pools of almost $20 Million, drawing elite gamers who wage clash in well-liked video games such as “Overwatch” and “League of Legends.”

Until lately, many colleges were sluggish to meet requirement for a collegiate variant, experts claim, but interest has approached in a flurry over the last few year as more colleges view an opportunity to advantage from the growth of the industry. Undersized private schools specifically have been swift to make varsity programs as an approach to thrive enrollment numbers, even though so far it has given varied results. Amid various beginning new teams in 2017 is the College of St. Joseph in Vermont, which has strength of almost 260 students.

“Tactically, we were aware that it might give us more accumulation with candidates,” claimed the school’s athletic director and senior vice president, Jeff Brown, to the media in an interview. “We are all seeking a way to drive in more children.” Most of the colleges expect to imitate the success they have witnessed in Illinois at Robert Morris University. It is a small school that rolled out the first varsity team in the country in 2014 and has turned out to be a nationwide powerhouse since then.