The University of Akron recently decided to cut 80 degree programs to build gaming spaces for its esports team.
The university is cutting 80 programs, which is roughly 20 percent of the university's degree tracks. These include doctoral, masters and bachelors programs in a variety of fields, such as electrical engineering and physics.
Are you a @uakron student? Love gaming? Well we're hiring student assistants to support the #esports program. Click below to apply!— Akron Zips Esports (@ZipsEsports) July 25, 2018
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The university will be pumping around $1 million into its esports program, with the majority of that money being used to fund three state-of-the-art gaming spaces, and the rest to cover the various costs raised by the teams.
The decision has raised countless red flags from professors and students who question the value of gaming spaces. The university received a letter from the American Association of University Professors, which among other things asked if "playing games is the same as educating Ohio's students for life and careers."
The University will field teams in Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League.