Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has made the landmark decision to award five of it’s top students the first ever round of esports scholarships in Australia.
The recipients will each receive $10,000 scholarships as part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship program, in the elite athlete category, training to become key players in the League of Legends Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS).
Training under the QUT Tigers coach Simon Earl, the team will train in game, as well as undergo physical training, sports psychology and nutrition support.
Scholarships were awarded to the following QUT student’s;
- Jason `hi and goodbye’ Nguyen, 18, of Yeerongpilly
- Zihong `Unspecialized’ Li, 22, of Inala,
Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment.
- Henri `Feint’ Magisson, 20, of Kenmore Hills,
Bachelor of Engineering
- Michael `Frogadog’ Cornish, 22, of Sandgate,
Bachelor of Business, majoring in accounting
- Justin `Spoil’ Tu, 23, of Carindale; (below)
Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in medical engineering
According to QUT esports coordinator Dylan Poulus; the scholarship recipients went through a rigorous assessment process that included examining previous eSports competition experience and independent assessment of their performance in a weekend of trials.
“Between now and their first game in April, we’ve got a pretty rigorous pre-season lined up for the guys that obviously coincides with that first semester of university,” Mr Poulus said.
“They’re going to train for more than 20 hours per week at times playing League of Legends and that will be supplemented alongside a physical training regime, a psychological training regime and then diet interventions from the high-performance support team.”
Emily Rosemond, coordinator of QUT Sport and its Elite Athletes Program added;
“There will be plenty of crossover with the elite athletes studying at QUT,”
“There’s learning on both sides. Our eSports team can learn from traditional sports performance models and vice versa. The evolution of eSports and the industry itself is something that traditional sports will need to embrace for future growth and development to stay current.“
Read the full release, and hear from the recipients of the first ever Australian esports scholarship over on the QUT website.