Last year, Chicago college Robert Morris University started handing out athletic scholarships to League of Legends players. Now, University of Pikeville in Kentucky will follow suit.
UPike is a a private, liberal arts university located in Eastern Kentucky and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
“It will be a regime a lot like athletics,” Pikeville’s media director Bruce Parsons told CBS affiliate Mountain News. “We’ll look at them like student athletes.
“It’s actually becoming a worldwide trend. This game is five on five competitive play. It takes skill, practice and a lot of teamwork.”
Parsons feels the LoL scholarships will attract both nationwide and international student which may not have considered UPike before, and those who are accepted through the incentive will find the regime will be similar to that of traditional sports.
“They’ll have to have a certain GPA. We’ll look at them like student athletes. There will be practice time and video time when they have to study other teams for upcoming competitions,” he added.
Scholarship recipients will begin League of Legends competition play in the fall and even have scrimmages.
UPike is a good school and there are lots of things to do in the area besides study, so if you go, don’t expect the region to be similar to the Eastern Kentucky depicted in the TV show Justified.
Students who attend the university on the scholarship, can not only play LoL but take the Hatfield and McCoy Family Feud driving tour and even visit the grave of family patriarch Randolph McCoy.
No, I am not joking. Eastern Kentucky may get a bad rap at times, but Appalachian culture is very interesting and just because the area is not metropolitan, doesn’t mean it’s devoid of culture.
Plus, there’s white water rafting nearby, tons of hiking trails, and Huntington West Virginia isn’t far away – and that’s where you will find tons of nightlife and shopping.
Thanks, PC Gamer.