The esports industry is growing rapidly. TheStreet has already reported that the industry is set to surpass a billion dollars within the next year.
Some of this growth is thanks to the growing population of younger players who are playing or watching eSports.
According to Newzoo, over 65% of esports viewers are college students.
And Jack Vandervelde, co-founder of Helix eSports--a gaming center based in New Jersey--expects that esports will be similar to traditional sports. Vandervelde said that he expects esports scholarships to start popping up.
According to the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) website, $15 million has been handed out in scholarships to esports players. NACE also states that it has over 130 member schools and has over 3,000 students involved in NACE.
Emily Oeser, a student and esports player at SUNY Canton, told TheStreet that she had never expected to go to school for gaming and is now a game design major.
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