Apex Legends has quickly become one of the most popular games in the world, and an American college is attempting to use the game’s growth to attract students by offering the first scholarship for the battle royale title.
Apex Legends broke the 50 million players barrier in the first month of its release, marking an incredible rise since the game went live on Monday, February 4.
With the game sitting at the top of Twitch, it seems Becker College in Massachusetts is hoping to use the immense popularity of the title among the gaming community to entice potential students to pick the school.
First reported by Digital Trends, Becker College have announced that they have partnered with Helix Esports and Team Genji to offer an Apex Legends scholarship fund that will give top players $5,000 to put towards their education.
Becker College esports manager Timothy Loew said: “Our goal is to give top Apex Legends players a unique chance to combine their talents with an education. Becker is excited to shape the future of competitive gaming.”
As part of the scholarship program, Becker College, in conjunction with Team Genji and Helix Esports, will be holding a combine in New Jersey in April where analytics and statistics will be identify players who should apply for the scholarship, with Becker aiming to have a team in place for the fall of 2019.
Becker College already has ties to the world of esports, as it was the first college to have a varsity esports program in Massachusetts, while also being the first college in the U.S. to have an esports management bachelor degree.
While Becker College may be opening an Apex Legends scholarship, the game’s esports scene is still relatively small, with no official word from Respawn Games as to when we will receive more information regarding the competitive future of the title.