American high schools in at least 15 states will be rolling out varsity eSports programs in 2018
thanks to a program spearheaded by PlayVS
, a startup building online and offline infrastructure for high school eSports. The inaugural season begins in October 2018 with competition expected in three genres: multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, fighting games, and sports games.
College Varsity Level
Varsity-level eSports programs have been active at the college level for a number of years, growing from just one program in 2014 at Robert Morris University in Illinois to more than 60 colleges and universities
that currently offer “official” eSports programs. Currently, Variety.com
estimates that “nearly 200 colleges in the U.S. and Canada are actively recruiting and offering scholarships to (eSports) players.”Such offerings at both the college and high school levels engage a wide range of students in organized after-school activities, recognizes them through competitions