Esports are growing; so are opportunities for gamers

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The gaming industry is thriving, and so are esports.

Esports (Electronic Sports Competitions) are competitive video games played across the globe from any console or PC.

At Virtual Reload, we have news that might surprise parents of video gamers: Your child could get college scholarships for playing video games. A growing number of colleges regionally and across the nation are entering the field, awarding scholarships for skilled gameplay.

Esports are very competitive, transcending a “trend” to become one of the fastest-growing activities in the country. As with concerts and traditional sporting events, tickets are sold for live esports tournaments that are also viewed by wide global audiences online.

We have a healthy community of gamers and gaming enthusiasts right here in our region. And least 14 post-secondary institutions from Upstate South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are offering scholarships for skilled esports play.

In South Carolina, Erskine and Newberry Colleges offer scholarships. In North Carolina, it’s Belmont Abbey, Barton and Lees McRae colleges, while in Virginia, Marymount and the University of North America have gaming programs. And, institutions in Georgia such as Georgia State University also offer esports scholarships. See more here.

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