If you enjoy playing video games – you are a hobbyist.
If you enter competitions – you are a gamer.
If you like to watch others play – you are a fan.
Together, all three make up esports, one of the fastest growing industries in the world - playing games such as Counter Strike, League of Legends, Overwatch and HearthStone Heroes of Warcraft. Universities are catching on to the subculture - offering students varsity esports programs with practice facilities, tournaments and even scholarships.
Kent State University students practice their egaming skills prior to Kent State’s First Esports Tournament on May 5, on the Kent Campus in the Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center (MAC Center) at noon.
A Kent State University student a cappella singing group spent part of their holiday break traveling to Washington, D.C., to perform for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The Kent Clarks, an organization made up of students pursuing all types of majors who share the desire to create and perform, sang at the White House on Dec. 16, 2014.