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A private liberal arts college in Kentucky says it will make video games an official sport and start offering scholarships to gamers in the fall.

The move makes the University of Pikeville one of only a few schools in the nation to provide scholarships to those who play League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena game, according to WYMT-TV.

“It’s actually becoming a worldwide trend,” said Bruce Parsons, Pikeville’s new media director. “This game is five-on-five competitive play. It takes skill, practice and a lot of teamwork.”

Parsons said the school is dedicated to providing different types of technology to its students.

“I think there are going to be a lot of students, both nationwide and international, who are going to look at our university who wouldn’t have before,” Parsons said of Pikeville, a small school.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/01/06/kentucky-college-to-offer-video-game-scholarships/

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It certainly makes you pause to consider why there are sports scholarships and how far educational imperatives and measures must have drifted in the UK state system. They talk all the time about the "mission to produce rounded individuals", but they only measure themselves on core academic performance, EVERYTHING else is outsourced at best, or more likely ignored.

Sportsday is so embarrassing for teachers, students and parents at my sons' school. They really have no interest in "physical education" and the whole thing is a chaotic parody of what it should be. They have: football, rugby and swimming clubs at the school, but they're shockingly bad. The kids who attend never get selected for the teams they periodically enter for local inter-school events, they just go for the kids who attend proper coaching outside of school in those sports, because even primary aged children will have a better idea what they're doing than the untrained teacher who drew the short straw and has to run "sports" for the year.

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