That would be Northwest Christian University. The RG’s Austin Meeks has the esports story here:
Talking to Jacob Gates is like talking to any other student-athlete preparing to enter college on a sports scholarship.
Gates, a 2018 Sheldon High graduate, wanted to attend Northwest Christian but wasn’t sure he could afford tuition at the private school. Fortunately, the school’s athletic department was offering scholarships to play a game Gates knew and loved.
Gates spent hours training by himself, practicing his aim and honing his skills in hopes of landing a spot on the team. This fall, he’ll reap the rewards as one of NCU’s newest scholarship student-athletes.
Here’s the twist: Gates’ sport is a video game.
Naturally the NCAA cartel is trying to figure out how to get their cut:
Overwatch, the game NCU will introduce in the fall, has more than 30 million players worldwide, according to the website Esports Charts. Looking at the exponential growth of online gaming, it’s easy to see why some experts are saying it’s only a matter of time before esports are sanctioned by the NCAA.