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Established colleges and universities are now starting to offer esports programs across the United States and the world. Today, there are more than 125 varsity level esports programs registered with the national governing body NACE (National Association of Collegiate Esports). Educational organizations that have long been on the spectator side of online gaming are now becoming hubs for innovation in esports. Schools are starting to offer scholarships for excellence in esports to attract the talent they need to build teams that can compete on a national stage.
In an earlier chapter of Esports in Education, you learned that several universities now have standard esports teams participating in league-based tournaments and competitions. Many of these educational institutions are introducing new programs and facilities to help prepare the next generation of students to pursue careers in the esports industry. In this chapter, you will gain a glimpse into some of the most successful programs established over the past couple of years.