College esports are more popular than ever--check out this ranking of the 10 best college varsity esports programs

The top 10 college esports programs


College esports are more popular than ever--check out this ranking of the 10 best college varsity esports programs

Playing video games isn’t restricted to dorm rooms–now, colleges are offering scholarships for esports athletes who join an institution’s esports program. This increased competition for student gamers means students are looking for schools with great academics and top-level resources and equipment.

Esports is surging in popularity, with the overall market expected to reach nearly $2.2 billion by 2023.

Colleges and universities are recruiting esports athletes, along with those in support roles such as IT and business management, left and right. Along with the growing demand for esports comes the need for modern esports facilities designed to handle the infrastructure needs such programs demand.

Here’s a look at the top colleges for varsity esports programs, compiled by BestColleges.

1. Miami University — Oxford, OH

Miami University was one of the first top-ranked institutions in the U.S. to launch a varsity esports program. In 2017, the school’s varsity Overwatch team took first place in the National Association of Collegiate Esports Overwatch season. Two years later, the school won statewide esports competitions in Overwatch and League of Legends. MU’s esports program includes three varsity teams for League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.

Laura Ascione