St. Clair College has launched the first varsity esports program in Canada. The supported titles include Hearthstone, League of Legends, and CS:GO, with potential of new titles being added at a later time.
The program has been dubbed, “Saint Gaming”, led by coordinator, Shaun Byrne.
Byrne plans to keep a professional approach and stated, “Now that you are representing a brand, like St. Clair College and Saints Gaming, that is going to be a little bit more important. This program offers more than just a chance at competitive gaming … you are going to be getting a scholarship similar to what traditional varsity sports players get.” The addition of esports marks the 15th varsity sport supported by the college.
The addition of esports marks the 15th varsity sport supported by the college.The program is offering $250,000 in scholarships. This is standard for St. Clair as every varsity athlete at the college receives a scholarship.
Tryouts take place at a college-hosted tournament on June 10th and 11th.