Ohio college begins Fortnite e-sports team and scholarship

E-sports programs and scholarships at universities stopped being newsworthy years ago once they were a dime a dozen, but a new one from Ohio’s Ashland University has caught the mainstream media’s eye because it’s reportedly the very first to include Fortnite.

“Ashland’s esports team, which will begin competition next fall, will arrange four-player teams that practice regularly and compete together,” says the university. “AU is at the forefront in adding Fortnite to its offerings, which already include League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League. Eventually, [head coach Josh] Buchanan’s hope is that collegiate leagues will be set up for official Fortnite competitions.”

Open tryouts will begin for the 2018-2019 school year. The best players can snag “up to $4,000 based on player skill level and academic requirements” in scholarships.

In other Fortnite news, Tencent says it’s investing over $15 million to launch Fortnite properly in China – that includes game content, video influencer marketing, and e-sport support.

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flyingltj
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flyingltj

Esports. It’s hard to get excited about a concept that’s being constantly crammed down my throat by the same entities that tell me I should also be excited about Taylor Swift and emojis.

fallwind
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fallwind

ok, but how will this benefit the university? Do the expect a cut of the winnings (if there is any)? Do they expect higher enrolment?

How is this not a waste of money?

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bill bunny

You think every club or organization profits the university directly? No way….the appeal for the university is being able to say ” hey come here! We have one of the top esports teams in the country” …..if you cover your bases like that with enough activities you will see enrollment rise…..just makes sense….

fallwind
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fallwind

so… they do expect higher enrolment?

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Randy Savage

How long before one of them gets kicked off the team for being toxic?

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Sorenthaz

See, here’s what I don’t understand: why would there be competitive esport teams in a game like Fortnite. If Fortnite ever hits a point where it’s like an actual competitive esport with pro players filling up all 100 spots, it’s just going to be a build’n’hide-off. Sure you might have some more aggressive teams but they’ll probably die more often than not. If everyone is playing super tryhard for the sake of money, it’s going to be a crappy representation of what makes Fortnite great, and that’s the fact that you never know who is going to win out of a pool of 100 random players who all have different skill levels, ages, might be from different countries, etc.

semugh
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semugh

battle royale is not good for esport. If you have a kar + ak combo you’re guaranteed in the first 10. Too much random in loot.

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blahlbinoa .

This, all of this. I work with a person who absolutely LOVES Fortnite, plays every day and talks constantly about it. He also agrees that Fortnite is not an esports game, or any battle royale game when we talk about it. It’s not just about the loot, but at times there is just no action going on for a long stretch, and this goes for PUBG as well.
I think PUBG might be going in the right direction for esports with their new savage map which is supposed to be a much smaller map for more encounters, but PUBG is still a hot mess right now.

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bill bunny

There is a problem with low encounters mid game in fortnite but it’s because almost every game 50+ people drop tilted towers and only 3-5 come out alive…..I think if this comet in the sky actually destroys tilted and a new area with less concentration of loot is created that it will balance out mid game….we will see I guess.

None of that is going to stop it from becoming and esport though…..millions of people are playing across all platforms….teams are forming all over….tournys are being planned….and streamers are getting some of the highest views of any game….this is going to happen….anyone who can’t see that yet isn’t looking closely enough.

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bill bunny

Lol…I have already watched a tourny where everyone had a 15-70% win rate and while there is tons more building than in casual play….the pros do not just sit and hide up high and have sniper fights…anyone with any kind of skill builds right up over you and shotguns you directly in the face….and no kind of combination of any item guarantees you a placement in top ten….an experienced player will roll you with a pistol no problem.

Fortnite will absolutely make a wonderful esport….I haven’t seen such a variety of skills needed to win a game since league hit the scene…when you watch someone with a 64% winrate play you will understand just how not random it is who wins and just how much skill comes into play….this game will be an esport for many years to come…infact it already is an esport having had an event at the new esport arena in Las Vegas….and a few tourny……this is the definition of what would make a wonderful hyper competitive esport game….and it has the following…tell me again how it won’t make it as an esport so I can laugh my ass off…like when people told me league wasn’t going anywhere and that esports were a joke….