Robert Morris University Illinois is adding ‘League of Legends’ to its athletic department and as a result will now be offering athletic scholarships for players of the epic multiplayer online battle game. The game is free to play and in 2012 became the most played online game in North America, averaging 7.5 million at any given time during peak gaming hours.
The university is actively seeking players in the High School Star League (HSL). 750 school in the United States and Canada vet players for the HSL and Robert Morris University is offering scholarships that will cover up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board. With higher learning costs soaring through the roof, this is a huge opportunity for those that spend more time behind their computer monitors than… y’know outdoors. Robert Morris University’s currently costs $31,600 per year with an additional $14,400 for housing. Gamers will play as part of the school’s ‘League of Legends’ Varsity Sports Team on the Collegiate Star League. The nerds really have inherited the Earth.
Here is the university’s official press release:
CHICAGO – Robert Morris University Illinois is pleased to announce the addition of an online sport to its athletic program. Commonly referred to as eSports, the activity consists of organized video game competitions. Specifically, RMU students will compete in League of Legends, one of the largest and most popular eSport games. Although eSports have long been a part of the culture of gaming, competitions have seen a large surge in popularity in recent years. Robert Morris University recognizes the value and legitimacy of eSports and is excited to add eSports to its already rich athletic program.
Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher states, “Robert Morris University has always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for a diverse student population with different interests and skills. League of Legends is a competitive, challenging game which requires significant amount of teamwork to be successful.”
Robert Morris University is in the process of recruiting students for the first year of competition, beginning with the fall quarter in September, 2014. RMU will join the Collegiate Star League, made up of 103 institutions of higher learning and compete against other universities including Arizona State, George Washington and Harvard. Significantly, Robert Morris University is among the first in the nation to offer substantial scholarships for members of the first RMU Varsity eSport League of Legends team. Qualified gamers can earn scholarships of up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board.
Currently there are over 750 schools in 46 states and eight Canadian provinces that participate in League of Legends High School Starleague (HSL). Robert Morris University seeks eSport athletes with experience in the HSL or similar for their inaugural competitive season. Teams in the Collegiate Starleague compete for Riot’s North American Collegiate Championship and $100,000 in scholarship money. Qualification to the event can be obtained through league play or through the North American Collegiate Open tournament.
The RMU eSport Program will be directed by Kurt Melcher of the Eagles’ Athletic Department and they are waiving their usual $20 application fee for students interested in joining this program. If you are interested, here is the contact information for applying:
So calling all future collegiate gamers! You can finally tell your parents that all the game play you have done all these years will lead to a college