These students are smiling because there are scholarships to be had.

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High school students who are outstanding athletes or promising intellectuals are used to fielding scholarship offers from some of the nation’s top universities. But a small college in Illinois is offering considerable scholarships to a previously overlooked sector — those who obsessively play video games.

Robert Morris University Illinois introduced the scholarship program for gamers this summer, telling reporters that it was recognizing the growing power and popularity of what the school calls “eSports.”

The scholarship concentrates on one game in particular: League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle game. The newly minted scholarships will cover a maximum of 50 percent of the school’s tuition and 50 percent of room and board costs.

A school officialtold ESPN they were focusing on that game in particular because participants had to develop skills like team strategy to succeed.


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