University of Utah becomes first Power 5 school to announce esports program

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With the rise of esports on college campuses in Power 5 conferences across the United States, the University of Utah (Pac-12) took a step forward with esports by announcing their varsity esports program. Power 5 schools include universities in the Southern Eastern Conference (SEC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 10 Conference, Big XII Conference, and Pacific-12 Conference.

University of Utah's Entertainment Arts and Engineering program will sponsor the esports team. The EAE program has one of the top video game development programs in the nation. EAE director Robert Kessler told ESPN, "We plan to support four games. Each game will have a main team, one or two substitutes and a student coach. Depending on the games, we expect around 35 total students will receive a partial scholarship."

League of Legends will be the first game that the EAE esports program will compete in.