League of Legends

Northern Illinois University

Most major sports leagues are still postponed because of the pandemic. And the NCAA is still in the midst of approving plans to get college sports back in action for the fall.

But the prospect of campus capacity limits, playing without fans, and players testing positive for COVID-19, leaves much of the college sports world still up in the air.

Esports, on the other hand, have proved much more adept at migrating online. Nearly a million fans streamed the remotely-played League of Legends spring finals.

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A private university in Chicago became the first in the nation to treat video gamers like athletes.

Thirty-five Robert Morris University students are now practicing in a classroom with 100-thousand dollars in gaming electronics and paraphernalia. Their scholarships are for the game League of Legends.