Fortnite has absolutely exploded in popularity since the release of the game’s standalone Battle Royale mode, attracting millions of players and dominating streaming services like Twitch. Epic’s hit game pulled in over $126 million in February alone, and the recently-launched mobile version pulls in around $1 million a day.
Fortnite has gotten so popular and influential that skilled players can now earn a university scholarship. Ashland University in Ohio recently announced that Fortnite Battle Royale will be joining League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League in AU’s eSports program, which will begin competing this Fall.
Ashland University will be the first college to add
Fortnite to their eSports program. Coach Josh Buchanan explained the decision in a press release.
“Fortnite appeals to both the core and casual gaming audience. We’re excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space. Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovate and show off their mastery of their skills. The growth of Fortnite has been astounding to witness and getting players into structured practices ahead of the launch of a collegiate league will be extremely beneficial to our program.”
— Josh Buchanan
Ashland’s Eagles will soon be announcing plans to hold open tryouts for the upcoming school year. If you think you’ve got what it takes, you can fill out an application here. The eSports program is offering scholarships in eSports for up to $4,000 based on player skill level and academic requirements.
Source: Ashland University