College scholarships for playing video games?

College scholarships for playing video games?

VIDEO GAMES: Big money for gamer skills? It could become a reality for college scholarships. Photo: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Hey kid! Put down that ball, come in here and play some video games! OK, it’s unlikely you’ll hear parents urge their youngsters to do that this summer.

But some might think about it — now that a small private university is offering big scholarship money for those who are good at the game “League of Legends.” Robert Morris University Illinois says it picked the game because it has become one of the most popular for setting up organized team competition.

The school says it’s setting up the scholarship program to recognize the growing legitimacy of are being known as “eSports.”

The school says it also wants to give credit to those with a competitive spirit who don’t necessarily want to play traditional sports such as basketball or football.

Recent Headlines

in Music

New biography details Tom Petty’s drug use


Tom Petty was hooked on heroin in the 1990s, according to his longtime pal Warren Haynes, who is preparing to release an unauthorized biography.

in Music

Phil Collins undergoes back surgery


The former Genesis star underwent the operation last week.

in Music

Janet Jackson, Chicago, Steve Miller, and NIN among Rock Hall nominees


Cheap Trick, The Smiths, and Chaka Khan are also among those nominated.

in Music

John Mayer happy to help ‘bring back’ the Dead


Singer-songwriter John Mayer proudly declared himself a Deadhead as he defended members of the Grateful Dead in their decision to regroup after playing what was supposed to be the band's final tour this summer.

in Sports

NFL: More in Europe, and maybe L.A. as well


You are going to see more NFL games played overseas.