University Offering Scholarships for League of Legends Players

Robert Morris University Illinois has announced that it’s adding League of Legends play to its athletic programs.

The addition of the popular game which, of course, is played on a professional level around the world, will make it possible for skilled players to become eligible for scholarships worth up to half of the costs of room and board if they compete for the school. RMU’s League of Legends team will be the first college varsity eSports team in the United States. That being said, athletic director Kurt Melcher believes this move to just be an appropriate extension of athletic policies the school has already cultivated.

“The sports culture at RMU is unique,” said Melcher in an interview. “We have all the major sports: our football team, we have a basketball team, soccer teams. But then we also have color guard, we have choir, performing arts all under the athletic umbrella. We also have a painting guild that students can receive scholarships for. [League of Legends] just made sense. I don’t think anyone thought anything disparaging about adding eSports and eSports athletes to our lineup.”

Melcher himself reported being an avid fan of StarCraft and Command & Conquer back when he was in college. It was his re-visitation of StarCraft, in turn, that led him to discover the robust and expanding world of League of Legends and eSports.

“I was shocked at the scale and size of that game and the community behind it,” he said.

Riot Games, hoping to aid RMU with its recruitment efforts, has apparently stepped in to help the school take its first steps into the world of eSports. The university, in turn, intends to “strictly” enforce the conduct standards that professional League of Legends players are required to adhere to. The school hopes to have its competitive team ready to play for the 2014-2015 school year.

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3 Comments on University Offering Scholarships for League of Legends Players

Derek

On June 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

If different universities begin offering scholarships to e-athletes of various games, it’s going to be funny to see the breakdown of which students are successful. I would bet league players and teams do worse then players of games which require some more skill, strategy, awareness, or even hand eye coordination. (lol@no WASD movement)

I can just see it now. University A backs DotA2, university B backs Smite, and university C backs [insert next e-sport flavor of the month].

Here’s hoping that non-gamers begin to realize that league of legends is a bad measure. League of legends is checkers while many others games are chess

Erik

On June 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

What the heck is with these obvious trolls on Gamefront lately in the comments? It’s like they wait for a new article to be published and then immediately come out with a non-nonsensical, derogatory, irrational, and sometimes offensive statement.

Derek’s comment makes me wonder why he/she even bothered posting it in the first place. If you’re that upset or feeling that threatened that a game you don’t play or is a rival of one you do play is getting recognition, perhaps you should look at the game you are backing and help it to gain the same recognition.

Everything is a first step Derek, and you should applaud that people are starting to accept e-gamers as actual competitive sports participants. Maybe you should petition RMU Illinois to recognize whichever particular game you’re being defensive about.

Derek, don’t smite your nose to spite your face.

R.J.

On June 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm

I wish this was a thing when I was in school.