This University in Ohio Is Offering Scholarships to Top 'Fortnite' Players

Ashland University will be holding tryouts in the Fall.

All those hours playing Fortnite: Battle Royale could earn some major cash for players.

Variety reports Ashland University in Ohio is offering scholarships to top Fortnite players, who land a spot on their esports team.

"Fortnite appeals to both the core and casual gaming audience," said Ashland e-sports head coach Josh Buchanan in a press release, according to Cleveland. "We're excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space. Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovate and show off the mastery of their skills."

Fortnite: Battle Royale became a viral hit when it was released in 2017. (Even Logic and Drake are playing.) Now, it may be joining the ranks of other popular games like League of Legends, OverwatchCounter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League in becoming a competitive collegiate e-sport. Ashland University's team won't just be playing among themselves either. A number of universities including the University of Akron and Kent State University have their own varsity e-sports program. Students on the team can gain up to $4,000 in scholarship funds.  

And they said playing video games wouldn't get us anywhere. Those interested in trying out for Ashland's e-sports team can apply here.

Tryouts for current and prospective students will reportedly begin in the Fall 2018 semester. Good luck. 

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