On December 6, Oakland University became the first Division I school in Michigan to create a varsity eSports team.
The push for esports comes as the school’s administration is looking to increase the schools prestige, attract students, and bring more money in.
The announcement and the $100,000 investment (from who?) shows a growing acceptance of gaming in the academic world, as well as a shift from more traditional sporting events among schools. As Oakland University President, Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, said, “The popularity, learning potential and student engagement possibilities of esports… can only be described as a phenomenon [in] a relevant educational context.”
Oakland plans to have a coed, twelve-player team and a part-time coach. There will be $2,000 scholarships all available for eSports by next fall.
The first three games slated to be played by the school include Rocket League, League of Legends, and Super Smash Brothers.
Source: Detroit Free Press