Michigan Tech to Offer Varsity-Level "Esports" Competition

Michigan Tech to Offer Varsity-Level "Esports" Competition Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: August 26, 2019 04:55 PM

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Technological University soon will become the state's first public university to offer competitive gaming, or "esports," at the varsity level.

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Esports are organized, multiplayer, online video game competitions. They're often viewed by non-participants, both in person and via livestream.

Athletic director Suzanne Sanregret says esports is one of the fastest growing areas of competition internationally.

Michigan Tech plans to begin competing in fall 2020.

The university is seeking a program director and plans to renovate two racquetball courts into a gaming arena. The esports program will be affiliated with the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).

More than 130 colleges and universities and more than 3,000 student-athletes belong to NACE, which offers more than $15 million in scholarships and aid.

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