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eSports: Team Video Gaming Soaring

We define eSports (electronic sports) as a form of sports where the primary aspects are facilitated by electronic systems; the input of players and teams as well as the output of the esports system are mediated by human-computer interfaces. In more practical terms, esports refer to competitive video gaming (broadcast on the internet). The majority of popular eSports are team-based games played in leagues or tournaments throughout the year.
     College esports in the United States began around 2009. On hundred seventy five colleges and universities are members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and offer officially recognized varsity esports programs. Various schools began forming esports clubs to play video games in collegiate tournaments. Since its inception, there are thousands of schools that participate in college competitions. Esports, of course, are video games played competitively.
     In 2019, over 130 colleges had established varsity programs. Northeastern became the first Division I University in New Eng- land to add esports at the varsity level. Competition will begin in the fall.
     Facilities for competitive on-line gaming are becoming a must on campus. There are many states that recognize esports as a high school varsity sport, and at the collegiate level, Division 1 universities Ohio State, Oklahoma, Wichita State, Missouri, Robert Morris and Boise State also have esports programs. These esports teams could eventually become as much a part of an institution’s identity as its football team.
     Could esports become an Olympic sport? As recently as October, 2017, with the growing popularity of esports, there was consideration that since it was competitive and players had to get ready by training, it could be compared to athletes preparing as in traditional sports.
     There are several career paths that could stem from esports including announcing, marketing production, management, creating lifelike landscapes, designing and more.
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