Imagine these e-sports students...
Imagine if Columbia or Robert Morris held sponsored events where proceeds go to the schools while students compete in LoL or Madden or whatever.
Imagine they start making a lot of money and start building specific venues to host these events where large contracts involving millions of dollars trade hands with the schools benefiting financially and the students are bared from making ANY money off of their efforts, even money to offset the college tuition.
Image students playing countless hours of Heroes of the Storm or Smite every day, going to class, studying, and basically working themselves to the bone so they can maintain the scholarship.
Doesn't that seem really weird? Doesn't it seem unauthentic?
I'm all for the e-sports craze of late, but I'm hoping that the organizers aren't just trying to mimic the successes of more traditional sports without paying special attention to the failures. There are a lot of negative things that occur in those sports as a result of the businessification of a game.
There have already been major scandals and allegations of cheating. Will the trend continue? Who will be the Patriots of the LoL e-sport? Will they continue to find unique ways to exploit bugs in CS:GO?