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Paul Smith’s College gets gift to start esports program

October 23, 2019 GMT

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — Paul Smith’s College is jumping on the esports bandwagon.

The only four-year college in New York’s Adirondack Mountains has received a $100,000 donation to fund the creation of an on-campus training and competition space for esports.

The program will feature state-of-the-art gaming equipment and spectator seating, which will serve as the home field for the college’s esports club.

The donation was given by Stewart’s Shops and the Dake family, which owns the convenience store company.

Paul Smith’s College is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which announced last month that its esports membership had more than doubled in size to 57 colleges.

The new program at Paul Smith”s will field teams for Overwatch, League of Legends, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Rocket League, Fortnite, FIFA 2019 and Madden 2019.