The cost of college is no joke. (And here you thought all those years of diapers, sippy cups and Thomas trains were pricey.) That’s where the Fortnite college scholarship could come in for your pint-sized gamer. Yes, that’s right—from Fortnite, as in the game that everybody seems to be playing.
Fortnite isn’t just a video game to which your tween seems mildly to moderately addicted. It’s part of the growing trend towards professional-level eSports play. The National Association of Collegiate eSports has member teams across the country, creating a varsity tier of elite gamers. So yes, along with football, basketball and baseball, now your child can someday play eSports in college, too.
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And now, like with other traditional sports, eSports are earning their players college scholarships. Ashland University in Ohio now offers scholarships of up to $4,000 for Fortnite and eSports players. Along with skill level, eAthletes also have to meet academic requirements.
According to head eSports coach Josh Buchanan (on Ashland University’s website), “We’re excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space. Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovative and show off their mastery of their skills.”
So if your gamer prefers Fortnite to football, there may not be a need to worry. Screen-based gaming might just make their college dreams come true—and at no cost to you!