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The newest route to college is through a video game
On a recent March afternoon, just as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is beginning its annual run near the top of the TV ratings, another group of student- athletes are inside a downtown Chicago building, casting spells. These two dozen members of the “e-sports” team at Robert Morris University tap their keyboards and right-click their mice at warp speed, honing their skills at League of Legends, a five- on-five battle game won by the first team to destroy a glowing tower called the Nexus.
This is no idle diversion. Robert Morris is the first college in the U.S. to make video gaming a varsity sport like soccer or basketball. Top players can receive athletic scholarships worth up to $19,000 per …