Varsity Esports Redefines Relationship Between Athletics, Academics

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While more young men and women watch esports than traditional sports and esports tournaments viewership often vastly overshadow most major traditional sporting events, collegiate esports remains in its infancy with just 78 varsity teams in the country

“We’re trying to create a sense of, ‘We’re serious about this, so it should be taken seriously,’” Phill Alexander, a professor of game design at Miami University and co-director of the university’s varsity esports team, told a gathering at this year’s Game Developers Conference. “Legitimizing varsity esports can be difficult sometimes.”

Alexander says he thinks that struggle is in part because of a generational perception.

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