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Get a College Scholarship... For eSports

The competitive landscape of eSports hasn't only spread to colleges and universities – it's now an activity that can land you a scholarship! Robert Morris University's Executive Director of eSports Kurt Melcher explains why his school was the first to offer a scholarship to League of Legends players, and why other schools are following suit.

Having worked in both traditional athletics and in eSports, Kurt brings a unique point of view on why eSports athletes aren't so different from what a person might think of as a "regular" athlete. Plus: what separates a professional eSports player from other competitive gamers. Stream or download the podcast using the player below or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

Coaching eSports

Robert Morris University's Executive Director of eSports Kurt Melcher discussed:

  • The difference between competitive video game playing and professional eSports.
  • The basics of top competitive games like League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counterstrike, plus why these games have risen to the top of the eSports world.
  • Who is able to coach eSports teams and what kind of background they have to have in order to be effective.
  • The qualities that separate elite eSports players and teams from amateur competitive gamers.
  • How eSports have evolved over the last couple of decades and what the competitive landscape looks like now, including how money can indicate the health of any sports ecosystem.
  • Demographics and gender breakdown of current players, and what the eSports industry is doing to encourage more diversity.
  • What colleges and universities look for when awarding scholarships to eSports athletes.
  • The rapid growth of eSports and what he expects will come next.

Listen to the full episode to hear Kurt's unique point of view, as someone with experience in both traditional athletics and in eSports. Click here to follow along with a written transcript of this episode (and share clips with your friends).

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About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each episode features experts in every field who explain why their knowledge is important and why you should care. Developed as an audio companion to the existing Curiosity experience, you'll learn about your brain and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will share their curiosity to help you understand the world better.

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