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UNT esports program announces $20,000 in scholarships

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In April 2018, the University of North Texas became the first public university in the state to launch a collegiate esports program. Now, UNT continues to lead the way by becoming the first public university in Texas to offer scholarships for its esports gamers. Scholarships will be awarded to current players and recruits who show the exceptional talent and team dedication needed to play at the varsity level.

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The E sports is projected to top $1 billion this year guys. This is a shrewd move by the university. But I know the bulk of this forum is made up of the boomers who don't like facts so carry on...

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Uh...no...I’ll push back on that. If you look at the schools that actually sponsor e-sports it’s a who’s who of nobody institutions. Secondly, it doesn’t take a millennial to realize you don’t need a scholarship to be good at video games. This is a marketing ploy. To call it shrewd is respectfully laughable 

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1 hour ago, Salsa_Verde said:

Uh...no...I’ll push back on that. If you look at the schools that actually sponsor e-sports it’s a who’s who of nobody institutions. Secondly, it doesn’t take a millennial to realize you don’t need a scholarship to be good at video games. This is a marketing ploy. To call it shrewd is respectfully laughable 

I don't see the downside.. I did see two posts that were along the lines of "Ha! video games? Nerds!" which is exactly what I would expect the responses to be. It's a great marketing ploy if that's what you want to call it we can agree to disagree we will see who's right in a few years.

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9 hours ago, ntmeangreen11 said:

I don't see the downside.

Ok I’ll give you five.

1. Video gaming can be addictive and becomes excessive.  That excessiveness promotes an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle.

2.  Not all, but many promote graphic violence and minimizes everything related to that violence.

3.  It’s excessiveness can lead to arthritic or carpel tunnel type conditions much like over exertion with key padding, typing..etc

4. It’s excessiveness detracts kids from their more important responsibilities.....like school work and chores.

5.  And last but not least...iT’S NOT SPORTS.

 

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47 minutes ago, FirefightnRick said:

Ok I’ll give you five.

1. Video gaming can be addictive and becomes excessive.  That excessiveness promotes an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle.

2.  Not all, but many promote graphic violence and minimizes everything related to that violence.

3.  It’s excessiveness can lead to arthritic or carpel tunnel type conditions much like over exertion with key padding, typing..etc

4. It’s excessiveness detracts kids from their more important responsibilities.....like school work and chores.

5.  And last but not least...iT’S NOT SPORTS.

 

Rick

Orrr..... its a billion dollar business which actually pays money to its top players, who can have a career in it, and who can be ambassadors for the university post-graduation. 

To your graphic violence point... they can always just play NBA 2k. . Look at what the Mavs esports team has. 

Also, carpal tunnel can be developed from any job with overexertion on the keypad, not just video games. 

And its not just video games that cause a sedentary lifestyle.... give me a break. 

Kudos to UNT for getting out in front of a growing trend.

In case you dont realize how big Esports is... Arlington literally built a stadium dedicated to esports

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23 minutes ago, meanJewGreen said:

Orrr..... its a billion dollar business which actually pays money to its top players, who can have a career in it, and who can be ambassadors for the university post-graduation. 

To your graphic violence point... they can always just play NBA 2k. . Look at what the Mavs esports team has. 

Also, carpal tunnel can be developed from any job with overexertion on the keypad, not just video games. 

And its not just video games that cause a sedentary lifestyle.... give me a break. 

Kudos to UNT for getting out in front of a growing trend.

In case you dont realize how big Esports is... Arlington literally built a stadium dedicated to esports

 

He asked for a down side and I gave him 5.  

Every industry has some kind of value to it or it wouldn’t exist. I simply don’t believe this one has much value to North Texas to justify the expense, and again...it’s unhealthy as well.

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2 hours ago, FirefightnRick said:

 

He asked for a down side and I gave him 5.  

Every industry has some kind of value to it or it wouldn’t exist. I simply don’t believe this one has much value to North Texas to justify the expense, and again...it’s unhealthy as well.

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Rick

If you have a discussion about excessive spending then college football already has a seat at the table.

It doesn't offer much value now but any leader has to look at potential, not just current value, and make a decision.  Whether you like the games or not, they are going to explode the next 5-10 years. We can either blow it off and be reactionary later, or do what we can to be in the driver's seat from the beginning.

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On 6/10/2019 at 11:23 PM, ADLER said:

They all look so unhappy, as if the Alpha Betas just trashed their house?

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I think this is their game faces. what is the world coming to? Are the guys in the gray shirts the coaches? 

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All I’m saying is that e-sports is not going to leap frog traditional sports any time soon. If you are one of those people that points out the video game industry as this wide open market with lots of growth potential, you are wrong. It’s been taken over by pay to win titles and platforms so chill. It’s a niche market at best and I would argue does not deserve SCHOLARSHIP MONEY at North Texas. 

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