Per a release from the Pac-12, the athletic conference will become the first to run and broadcast officially sanctioned esports competitions. They haven’t picked a game yet, but they say they will pick one soon and broadcast some gaming starting next year:
Intercollegiate competition in egaming is in its initial stages, but Pac-12 universities are increasingly involved through passionate student groups competing in competitions with popular games. eSports is also closely tied to academic departments at Pac-12 universities such as computer science, visual and cinematic arts, engineering and others.
As PVP Live notes, Pac-12 schools have been amongst the strongest at esports, and Arizona State’s squad apparently went undefeated at this year’s Heroes Of The Dorm, which is essentially esports March Madness.
I hope we get some wacky Larry Scott press conferences where he has to give his takes on why they didn’t choose Dota 2 or something.