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Breaking Boundaries

The mission of the University of Michigan-Flint Esports Program is to break the boundaries of “casual gaming.” It is to provide students with new opportunities to further themselves academically in their majors, allow students to be creators and organizers in their respective professional fields, and to remain competitive while redefining what it means to be a part of the esports community.

Our vision is to be leaders in the field of esports by reinventing what it means to be a “gamer,” while also encapsulating every prospective field in the ever-expanding industry.

Current Teams

Call of Duty, CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch, Rainbow 6, Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and Valorant.

Why Choose Esports?

Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

The overall popularity of esports has surged in recent years and its market value reflects that growth. In 2019, the esports global market was valued at approximately $957.5 million. Currently, that valuation is $1.08 billion, reflecting a 10% increase. That growth came despite a pandemic-related dip of $947.1 million. By 2024, the figure is projected to reach $1.62 billion.

Another area in esports that has surged in recent years is global viewership.
In 2019 there were an estimated 197 million esports enthusiasts and more than 200 million occasional viewers, whereas in 2021 these figures grew to nearly 234 and 240 million respectively. By 2024, these numbers are projected to grow to approximately 285 million enthusiasts and more than 291 million occasional viewers. Despite 57% of esports viewers being located in the Asia-Pacific region, viewing figures have been steadily climbing in the U.S. as well. From 2018-2021 viewing increased from 25.7 million to 39.2 million. American viewing is projected to exceed 46 million by the end of 2023.

Even though esports is still widely considered a niche subculture, the numbers above speak directly to its growing global popularity.

Scholarship Opportunities

Although our esports program is only three years old, the program has grown at a staggering rate which has resulted in the university’s allocation of scholarship funds so that all team participants have the chance to benefit.

General Information and Requirements

The esports scholarship is available each year to students in good academic standing, meaning that they must be making progress that is in line with their major’s track and degree plan. Applicants must be esports participants. The scholarship is renewable upon reapplication each academic year.

UM-Flint Scholarship Information
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Meet the Staff

Julia Stulock

Associate Director
Rec Programs & Marketing
Discord: plumtree7
[email protected]

Luke Rimarcik

Program Manager
Discord: azel_rl
[email protected]

Andres Ochoa

Production & Streaming Supervisor
Discord: SkyDagger
[email protected]

Our Sponsors

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