Robert Morris University, in Aurora, Ill., is the first U.S. college to deem video gaming a varsity sport, like soccer and baseball, in which the school’s team competes against gaming clubs at other universities. Top players are eligible for scholarships of up to US $19,000 a year. According to an article in Time, the school’s president received some backlash from colleagues, but he believes that gaming can provide the same life lessons in teamwork and discipline as traditional sports. Kurt Melcher, the associate athletic director who first proposed the idea at Robert Morris, says he’s heard from about 30 schools that also want to make video gaming a varsity sport.
Do you think video gaming should become a recognized varsity sport at universities? Why or why not?