With the rapid growth of Esports, colleges around the world are getting involved in supporting students on campus, and the growth of talent in a wide selection of games. Some campuses have supported Esports so much that they built full gaming arenas dedicated to empowering future players and teams to compete at the highest level. Austria joined the Esports industry by offering the first college grant for League of Legends players.
Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane is offering five grants of $10,000 each to attend the school and compete in League of Legends under their name. As a prominent Esports school in Austria, Michael Trotter and Dylan Poulus saw an opportunity to expand the games supported by the campus and create a program that would resonate with the entire industry. The two psychology students graduated are involved with the QUT movement. They run the program and oversee the Esports arena.
“Esports at QUT has just exploded—we’re so excited to have these new scholarships. It’s going to be really competitive and completely merit based. Our current team can apply and so can anyone else who’s coming to QUT next year and think they have what it takes to play in the OCS.” – Dylan Poulus
The college has hired support staff for the League of Legends team:
Applicants will need to meet Riot Games’ standards for professional play. Players must;
- have reached Diamond 5 during 2018,
- pass a Riot Games behaviour and toxicity check,
- have turned 17 by the beginning of the OCS season.
Additionally, QUT requires applicants to;
- be enrolled either Full-Time or Part-Time at QUT in 2019,
- be Brisbane based and able to attend weekly trainings and games at the QUT eSports Arena,
- while not necessary, indicate any past OCS or OPL experience,
- attend pre-season trials and bootcamps at the QUT eSports Arena.
On November 17th, applicants who have successfully completed the Elite Athlete Scholarship Application will be sent an information pack. This will contain information full details of the January trial process, coach selection and support staff/services provided by QUT, as well as requirements expected of the successful team members including bootcamps and media commitments.
Want to apply? Click here for the application.