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Given the vast growth of eSports in the US, it comes as little surprise that competitive gaming has been made into a varsity sport. Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, made the announcement this week, joining the likes of Utah, Missouri and Ohio State to have such programs of this kind.
Marquette president Michael Lovell commented: “Being named after an explorer means it’s in Marquette’s DNA to define the opportunities of tomorrow and ensure we’re anticipating what future students will expect. Marquette embraces new methods of teaching and areas of study, and esports and gaming in general have the potential to impact both, while also helping to strengthen our student recruitment prospects in an increasingly competitive environment.”
The structure of the program is being aided along by a Chicago-based firm who specialises in marketing and consultation, and the university has already had an established eSports team for the past four years.
Athletic director Bill Scholl added: “Marquette has been closely watching the development of esports, both as a global trend and as an integral part of the future of the Big East Conference. We expect that our varsity esports team will collaborate closely with our Department of Computer Science, positively impact student recruitment, and provide an avenue for leadership development and teamwork opportunities for students who many not otherwise have been engaged in activities outside the classroom.”