Esports is rapidly gaining recognition as a sport. Internationally, players and teams have earned millions of dollars and have garnered the notice of major athletics brands such as Nike and Adidas. Esports is short for electronic sports and serves as a broad term to describe any video game played competitively. These games are typically played on computers or dedicated video game consoles by teams across the country and can be viewed by audiences via the internet. Last year, according to Riot Games, the creator of the popular “League of Legends,” the game’s world championship match attracted more than 96 million viewers.
To put that into perspective, the NFL reported that Super Bowl LIII in 2019 attracted 98.6 million viewers. Because of the sport’s growing popularity, the University of Montevallo added esports to its growing roster of intercollegiate athletics teams for the 2019-2020 academic year. The team has a physical training regimen. This is designed to help them avoid repetitive stress injuries and to increase their stamina and overall fitness. The University of Montevallo approach to esports is different from other universities in Alabama, because it is a fully sanctioned, University-sponsored program. Some larger universities in Alabama have adopted a club style approach to esports which has teams relying primarily on student support. This year, the team added approximately 15 players, building a full roster from nothing in only a matter of months.
Many of these students are also receiving scholarships to play for the team. Coach Brendon Beal has placed an emphasis on his players being well-rounded college athletes. Many are surprised to learn that the team has a physical training regimen. This is designed to help them avoid repetitive stress injuries and to increase their stamina and overall fitness. This approach once again mirrors the training and expectation placed […]
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