Ashland University announced that it will be adding Fortnite Battle Royale to its esports program in the fall of 2018. The University is offering scholarships in esports.
Ashland University is located in Ashland, Ohio. It has an esports team that already includes League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League. Head coach Josh Buchanan announced that Ashland University will be adding Fortnite Battle Royale to its AU Eagles Esports titles. It will be the first known collegiate esports program in the country to add the title to its official offerings.
The Eagles will announce plans to conduct open tryouts for Fortnite players next school year. Anyone who is interested in joining the Ashland University esports team can fill out a form. Head Coach Josh Buchanan will be in touch with those who fill out that form.
The AU esports program is offering scholarships in esports for up to $4,000 based on player skill level and academic requirements.
The university plans to create a gaming center in the lower level of the library. It will have 25 gaming stations, complete with gaming PCs, accessories, and peripherals. Ashland University has secured sponsorships with gaming chair provider OPSEAT and mousepad provider Sloth Esports.