What was perhaps a wild pipe dream decades ago, merely a Dorito-fueled teenage daydream, has come true: colleges are paying students scholarships to play video games. Once thought of as child’s play, competitive gaming is quickly becoming big business, and higher education is racing to capitalize on the trend. The National Association of Collegiate Esports started two years ago with six member institutions. Today 200+ colleges offer over $15M in scholarships. This group will discuss the emerging generation of esports players on campus and its potential impact on education and the workforce.
Moderator: Ryan Craig, Managing Director, University Ventures
Eric Darr, President, Harrisburg Technical University
Dana Hustedt, Director of Esports , Grand View University
Jonathan Long, Esports Consultant, Grand View University
John Knauss, Esports Games Initiative Lead, Riot Games