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posted by janrinok on Wednesday December 10 2014, @04:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the education-is-never-wasted dept.

Nick Wingfield reports at the New York Times that Loc Tran, a top player on the school’s competitive video game team, became a big man on campus at San Jose State University in Northern California after helping San Jose State claw its way to victory in June over California State University, Fullerton, in a tournament watched online by nearly 90,000 people. When the new school year started this fall, classmates’ heads swiveled toward him when professors said his name during roll call. “I thought that was pretty cool,” says Tran. Winning big video game competitions, also known as e-sports, can sometimes earn players several years’ worth of tuition money and, in a possible sign of the future, the athletic department of Robert Morris University Illinois in Chicago created an official video game team this fall, offering the same sort of scholarships given to athletes playing soccer, football, and ice hockey.

The rise in e-sports has been so abrupt, many schools have not determined what to make of it. Carter Henderson, a spokesman for the University of Washington’s athletics program, said no one from the department was familiar enough with e-sports to discuss the topic. Game companies say it is too early to predict how university administrations will become involved in e-sports. “This is just how basketball was in the 1940s,” says Christopher Wyatt. “A lot of the structure and organization you see in more formal athletics, that groundwork is still being laid down here.” In the meantime, game companies and collegiate league organizers predict that college e-sports could become a pipeline for the growing professional circuit. “We really want e-sports to become as ingrained in the academic environment as anything else," says Tyler Rosen like "speech competitions, football competitions."

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 10 2014, @04:49PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 10 2014, @04:49PM (#124757)

    I was shopping in Lowe's yesterday and probably 80% of the staff working in the aisles (as opposed to the registers or customer service desk) were in their 40s or 50s.

    Reminded me of the King of the Hill where Strickland Propane goes out of business and Hank has to go work in the propane section at the Mega-lo Mart answering to some flunkie high schooler.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Wednesday December 10 2014, @04:58PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Wednesday December 10 2014, @04:58PM (#124765) Homepage

    I don't know about Lowe's but Home Depot in particular is proud of its employment of older workers(as well as vets and the disabled), when I worked there they we had this senile old man nicknamed "Banzai Joe" who was a smiley old white guy who wore a Japanese "rising sun" bandanna at all times and did nothing but round up stray shopping carts all day.

    Also keep in mind that a lot of military retirees are already getting a paycheck and enjoy a job that involves helping and talking to people, or one that they don't need to give that much of a shit about because they can easily get another one.