Robert Morris University adds eSports

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Robert Morris University Illinois recently announced the addition of an online sport to its athletic program. 

Commonly referred to as eSports, the activity consists of organized video game competitions. Specifically, RMU students will compete in League of Legends, one of the largest and most popular eSport games.   

Although eSports have long been a part of the culture of gaming, competitions have seen a large surge in popularity in recent years.

Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher said, “Robert Morris has always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for a diverse student population with different interests and skills. League of Legends is a competitive, challenging game which requires significant amount of teamwork to be successful.”

Robert Morris is in the process of recruiting students for the first year of competition, beginning with the fall quarter in September.    

RMU will join the Collegiate Star League, made up of 103 institutions, and compete against other universities including Arizona State, George Washington and Harvard. 

Robert Morris is the first in the nation to offer substantial scholarships for members of the first RMU eSport League of Legends team. Qualified gamers can earn scholarships of up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board.

Currently there are over 750 schools in 46 states and eight Canadian provinces that participate in League of Legends High School Starleague (HSL). 

Robert Morris seeks eSport athletes with experience in the HSL for their inaugural competitive season. The RMU eSport Program will be directed by Kurt Melcher of the Eagles’ athletic department. 

All eSport League of Legends applicants will have their application fee waived. For more information, contact Kurt Melcher at 312-935-4110; email kmelcher@robertmorris.edu; or go to the website: www.rmueagles.com/sport/0/147.php.

For more information, call 800-RMC-5960, or visit the website at www.robertmorris.edu.