​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.

​​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 school's president has stated in response that only around five percent of students are involved in the cut programs. 


The University will field teams in Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League.


Photo courtesy of The University of Akron