Poll: Should athletic scholarships be offered for e-sports?

The "eSports" logo is displayed at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba City, in suburban Tokyo on September 21, 2017. Star game players geared up for digital street fights at the trade fair near Tokyo on September 21 as Japan tries to catch up with the hot global trend of 'eSports' -- video game competition as spectator sport. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

A local university is expanding their athletic scholarship base.

Harrisburg University will begin offering 15 full-athletic scholarships for students who are really good at playing video games beginning in the fall of 2018.

E-sports or competitive video gaming, is a rapidly growing industry with many professional teams being formed and even sponsored by professional sports franchises.

Harrisburg University wants to be apart of that growth, and has joined the National Association of Collegiate E-sports.

Officials note that gaming has many of the same aspects of other athletics, such as these teams having coaches and engaging in competitions.

Of course, to be awarded one of the e-sports scholarships, a student must apply and be accepted to Harrisburg University.

While it is progressive to see collegiate sports expanded, it is fair to wonder if the funds provided from the scholarships could take away from other areas, including other sports’ teams scholarships.

FOX43’s Jack Eble will have more on the story on FOX43 News First at 4 & 5.

Our question is, should athletic scholarships be offered for e-sports?