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University of Kentucky to create ESports program, classes

ESports are coming to the University of Kentucky. According to Bloomberg, UK is partnering with professional esports franchise Gen.G to create a competitive video-gaming program. While several colleges across the country have embraced esports, UK is the first to partner with a major professional franchise.

UK will have classes on gaming, gaming teams, and a dedicated space on campus for gamers to train; however, esports will operate outside of the school’s athletic budget since it’s not considered an NCAA sport. Several departments will be involved with esports, including the colleges of communication, engineering, education, and even medicine.

Eric Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration, said the school hopes the new program will help attract students and create opportunities.

“We go into a lot of high schools, a lot of communities, and one of the biggest questions they’re asking is, ‘What’s your esports strategy at UK? So this is a huge market opportunity.”

Gen.G has offices in Seoul, Los Angeles, and Shanghai. Last month, they announced they were launching a China-based team in the NBA’s esports league. Earlier this month, the UK Basketball team played the new Call of Duty Team vs. the UK Esports Team:

I can’t wait to hear Ryan Lemond’s reaction to this.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for University of Kentucky to create ESports program, classes

  1. Rod Crandler
    1:08 pm October 21, 2019 Permalink

    Great idea! I don’t get it but i’m sure people were wondering why throwing a ball in a peach basket was considered a sport many years ago.

  2. RackEmWillie
    1:12 pm October 21, 2019 Permalink

    It’s more of a sport than pro wrestling, so I’m okay with it.

  3. Cokely53
    1:50 pm October 21, 2019 Permalink

    I can hear Ryan complaining now

  4. nocode96
    1:58 pm October 21, 2019 Permalink

    This is pretty cool. I’ve never been a gamer, even though I’m only in my mid 30’s. My 9 yo son and his friends though? Ridiculously talented (at least in my eyes) at every game they play. I think gaming teaches a lot of skills and helps the brain stay sharp. Once you reach a certain level, it absolutely takes a lot to stay competitive. Good on UK for doing this.

  5. Bill the Cat
    8:11 pm October 21, 2019 Permalink

    And starting on monitor 2, sitting at 5’6” and weighing in at 290 lbs, a 5-star recruit from Sedimentary Parrish in LA, a redshirt freshman…..Danny ‘ten thumbs’ Thomp-son. And his opponent on monitor 4, a 5’7”, 300lbs, JUCO Transfer returning from carpal tunnel surgery, LLLLLee-Roy ‘the Fortnite Leaper’ Logsdon. Lllll-let’s get ready to rumble!

    • T-Rox
      9:46 pm October 21, 2019 Permalink

      Matt Jones & KSR need to round you up a trophy and some $ for that comment! Awesome, I never comment on here, but just had to say that’s great!