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Big Ten Schools Extend Esports League, Scholarships Through 2019

  • All 14 member schools will participate in next two seasons
  • Riot Games to fund nearly $500,000 in scholarships for gamers
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Riot Games Managing Director Johnson Yeh talks about China and the growth of the video gaming industry.(Source: Bloomberg)

The Big Ten Conference is pushing deeper into competitive video gaming, working with Riot Games Inc. to expand competition between campuses across the Midwest at least through 2019.

The partnership builds on a pilot version launched last year, in which clubs at 12 schools competed in Riot’s League of Legends, the most popular computer game in the world. Matches were broadcast and streamed live via the Big Ten Network, a joint venture between the conference and 21st Century Fox Inc.