Lourdes University, a private liberal arts school located outside Toledo, Ohio, will field three League of Legends teams over the next few years. The school has created an esports scholarship program as competitive gaming has been added to the school’s athletic programs. The goal will be to compete with other schools in the future and to potentially field teams that may compete against other professional groups.
The president of the university states that esports has become in high demand in recent time and that it entails many important skills that help students in their studies. Esports is being promoted as an activity that improves upon critical thinking and teamwork skills. It also entails problem solving according to the same statement.
Lourdes University also remarked that players require healthy fitness training and a sound mind in order to compete successfully. The school feels that esports can help develop many quality students, hence the decision to offer scholarships to the most talented players.
Three League of Legends teams will be prepared over the next couple of years. The school is hoping to get as many as sixty players on those teams.
Lourdes states that while League of Legends will be the focus, additional esports games may be included in the future. However, the school will not field any teams that play first-person shooters. Lourdes says that such games go against the Catholic and Franciscan values of the school. Also, the school believes that those games do not entail any skills that could be beneficial to a player’s academic studies.