Did you know: there are over 300 colleges and universities in the United States with esports programs and gaming clubs? Over 100 provide financial scholarships for players to attend school and compete in various games.
Colleges across the country have embraced esports as an important part of campus life and a way for students to pursue an education. New courses and majors are being created to help kids get started in this fast growing industry. How can kids put themselves in the best position to take advantage of what US colleges and universities’ esports programs have to offer?
1. Practice, practice, PRACTICE!
Just like traditional sports, being a top gamer takes a lot of practice to be good enough to play at the collegiate level. Players can enter tournaments through platforms like Faceit and Battlefy to compete against other top players.
2. Join your high school’s team
Or start one if your high school doesn’t have a team yet. Being on a team, learning how to work and play with others is a critical part of development. High school programs also give players the understanding of what a practice schedule is like.
3. Join the gaming club at your college
Even if you don’t want to be a pro player, being a part of the gaming club is a great way to meet other players that love gaming. It’s also a fantastic way to build your resume by holding leadership positions within the club.
4. Learn from the pros
Many professional teams have launched educational programs to help college students get real world experience and internships. It’s important kids understand that there is much more than being a professional player in the video game industry.
Learn more about NXT UP Esports' youth gaming programs here!