The University of Kentucky is moving forward with a global gaming and esports program, driving home the growing trend of esports on campuses across the globe.

UK has partnered with global esports company Gen.G to build the program, which will be jointly led by two UK officers: Student and Academic Life and Information Technology Services.

“We view technology, not as an end, but as a tool to help us maximize the success of our students–in their educations and as they pursue all that’s possible at the University of Kentucky,” says University of Kentucky Provost David Blackwell. “We want to provide them tools and learning opportunities that will help them succeed at UK, but also as they pursue jobs and careers that will help them succeed throughout life.”

The esports program will focus on three specific pillars, according to a UK press release.

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