Being considered a “professional gamer” usually has a funny tone to it. But now with E-Sports on the rise that has been going away. Colleges are offering scholarships to play video games on their behalf, and people are even scouted to play in pro-leagues. With huge followings and fan base.
As stated before it has been an uphill battle to be taken a little serious. But one man has helped change the mind of the general public. That man is the fortnite super star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, he did a stream with Drake a few months ago and that skyrocketed him to fame. After that he became the face of gaming and broke record after record for having so many people watch him.
With all this fame came tons of sponsorship like Redbull and even Samsung. With all these partnerships it has only helped him grow as a streamer/public figure. Almost everyone who plays fortnite knows the name Ninja and what he can do in the game.
This past tuesday (Sept 17) he had announced on twitter that he will be on the cover of ESPN. This is huge because he will be the first Pro Gamer to ever be on the cover of. It is important to add that ESPN does cover ESports but has never put anyone in the field on the cover. This issue will focus a little more on gaming, as well as an in depth story of what goes on behind the scenes as he streams. As well as what he plans to do in the future and his day to day life.
The magazine hits stores friday Sept. 21
Stephens College in Columbia Missouri is jumping into the wonderful world of Esports. Matter of fact they’ve just announced their Varsity Esports team, with full support with scholarships. According to ESPN the program will start in the Fall of 2017, and they’re going to be competing in OverWatch. According to the college they chose OverWatch specifically b/c of it’s strong female characters.
Similar projects like this have launched but with mixed genders colleges across the U.S. Even University of Utah became on of the forefront schools launching a League of Legends varsity Esports program. Other major schools seem to be jumping on board and joining this cause.
Since Stephen’s College is an all Female school, there Esports team will consists of nothing but women. Making it the very first all female Esports team. This has never happened in the history of Esports so expect a grand entrance for them. Even though gender segregation is not a problem in the ESL. A ESL player by the name of Stephen Harvey stated she’d love to play for them to be “stepping stone” towards a more diverse league. Many other famous female gamers agree with her and would love to play for them, to be remembered as the first all female team.
Stephens college Overwatch team is going to be a very organized thing. They will be recruiting only the best of the best, with a six women starting team. As well as a six women bench team that will be ready when needed for help. All the lucky contenders will receive partial scholarships for competing. So going to college to play video games doesn’t seem all that bad. All the women who compete will have all the same benefits as any student athlete would have.
So if you feel like you could compete in the big leagues try out, They’ll commence this summer.