Video game competitions, also known as e-sports, have taken off on campuses across the country. This new craze has gained popularity amongst students through social media. Students are posting scores and stats that other students see and and eager to beat. Scholarships are even being created for the top players of these e-sports. The number of e-sport players is growing rapidly and will eventually outnumber the physical sports players' numbers. (Courtney P)
The growth of competitive gaming at colleges mirrors the broader rise of e-sports as entertainment. A thriving international professional e-sports circuit routinely draws tens of thousands of spectators to stadiums for competitions, with millions more viewers online. Top prizes for some events are now in the millions of dollars. Twitch, a video streaming service that made its name broadcasting e-sport matches, was acquired this year for close to $1 billion by Amazon.