Esports FAQ

Esports at King University

What is Esports?

Esports is the term used to cover all forms of competitive online gaming. Popular video games like League of Legends, Defense of the Ancients 2, Hearthstone and Starcraft 2 are all examples of esports, and there are many more. An individual participating in online gaming is called a gamer. In online games, gamers from all around the world can play in teams. They also participate in tournaments watched by millions of spectators online and have million-dollar prizes.

What type of games are played?

Esports covers a variety of different video games. In fact any video game where you compete against another player is an esport. Popular types of games include:

  • Multiplayer online battle arenas like League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients 2
  • Real-time strategy games like StarCraft 2
  • First person shooters like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Fighting games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat
  • Sports games like FIFA

Some games can fit into their own smaller genres, like the card game Hearthstone and the tank game World of Tanks.

Who can play an esport?

The short answer – Anyone! A gamer needs a game console or a PC, an internet connection, and the game. Most of the popular games are free to play, and downloading the game isn’t required. Gamers play online.

The best players train for years to become the leading gamers, just like any athlete. Anyone can get involved and have a great time.

Can a student get a scholarship for playing esports at King University?

Yes, the esports program at King will offer student-athletes scholarships for League of Legends and Overwatch.

Where will the esport events take place on campus?

King will be renovating a space that will be the dedicated arena for the team. There will be specialized gaming rigs for the players use and the games will be broadcasted on the twitch.tv account: https://www.twitch.tv/kinguniversityesports

Why a varsity sport at the collegiate level?

Esports is a perfect fit for the collegiate level and is a natural next step for growth to the esports industry. The strategy involved in the game play is very in-depth, and the game mechanics and muscle memory for each game are incredibly fast pace. Adding it to the Varsity program at King University requires student-athletes to maintain appropriate training boundaries and a certain GPA for eligibility to compete.

Are any other colleges/universities starting esports?

Esports is growing quickly at the collegiate level. In 2014, there was only one Varsity esports program. Now, there are more than 70 with estimated numbers to be more than 120 schools added during the next 12 months.

How does a student request more information to play at King?

If a student is interested in playing an esport at King, they can visit www.kingtornado.com to fill out a recruitment form or email esports@king.edu.