The amount of times that we’ve heard that sitting around and playing video games is not going to amount to anything from our parents is quite ridiculous. Now, we can report, that this is absolutely not true. Fortnite is a brand new multiplayer game that is currently blowing up around the World that Ashland University in Ohio is now using to recruit recipients of a $4000 scholarship to study there.
According to the University, the game requires logic and creativity skills, making it the perfect vehicle to recruit future academics (apparently). Tryouts kick off in the Autumn, with successful candidates competing on a Fortnite team representing the university. As an added bonus, Overwatch, Rocket League, Counter-Strike and League of Legends will also be coached as part of the program, so you can be sure that you’re getting the best possible video game education.
Head coach Josh Buchanan had this to say about the scholarship:
I think ‘Fortnite’ has a lot of room for players to get creative,
There’s a lot of teamwork in [the game’s core building mechanic] that’s really untapped. A lot of players kind of do fancy stuff, and it looks cool, but it might not be the most efficient.
I think it’s a game that, due to how creative you can be, there’s a lot of potential to get really, really skilled in the game.
As part of the program, you’re going to have coaches and a staff dedicated to helping you succeed — not only in the game but also in your academics,
Helping to make sure that you have a good social life, and that your physical fitness is on point.
All of our athletes are going to have access to our fitness facilities and trainers.
And Ashland is known for putting a lot of focus on the individual and having a lot of one-on-one sessions with professors, or small group sessions, to really make sure that we’re personally invested in the students’ success.
Sounds so dope… Any interested parties?