Logan McLean, Esports Advisor, for NGame Esports talks about colleges starting esports programs.
The University of Central Missouri recently announced that they are starting an esports team. What are some of the benefits when starting an esports team at the collegiate level?
There are more benefits then I can adequately quantify here that a university must consider when starting a collegiate esports program. First, there are incredible amounts of opportunities for students to learn applicable skills in their field of study while working as part of a collegiate program. Second, for the students that are competing to be classed as legitimate student-athletes.
Do you think it is better to start a university esports program led by students or having it led by paid staff?
If we take into consideration all of the successful esports programs at a collegiate level right now, they have a paid Director of Esports or a role very similar. This position is supported by a myriad of students interested in the esports program working from a position of passion.