Esports are co-ed, inclusive to anybody who can use a computer and engages students who might not otherwise participate in extracurricular activities.
Video games are a passion for millions of students around the world.
Engaging with their passion through esports is a great way to reach students in a space they want to be, while rewarding positive behaviors and skill development. It encourages them to form social bonds and find community while pursuing something they care about.
STEM-related skills are crucial to any esports athlete: deep engagement with computer technology, statistical analysis for scouting, and strategizing pre-match and mid-match.
Currently, hundreds of colleges and universities offer tens of millions of dollars in esports scholarship money. That number grows substantially every year as more and more schools start up esports programs.