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University Offers Fortnite Players eSports Scholarships

Andy Berg

An Ohio university is looking for a few talented Fortnite players.

According to Digital Trends, Ashland University in Ohio has incorporated Fortnite, the popular console shooter and strategy video game, into its eSports scholarship program. The program, which was started in 2017, also offers grant-in-aid money to players of League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League.

The scholarships do not amount to a full ride. Top Fortnite players can expect about $4,000 per year, which is a fraction of Ashland’s $31,000 annual tuition.

Josh Buchanan, the school’s eSports head coach, said in a statement announcing the move, that Fortnite has broad appeal. “We’re excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space. Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovate, and show off their mastery of their skills.”

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