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With scholarships on the line, high schools are embracing competitive video gaming

Chase and Drew Kegley headshot
Mercedes Mejia/Michigan Radio
Brothers Drew (left) and Chase (right) Kegley are members of the Liquid Ninjaz, an eSports team from Milan High School. They'll be representing the school in the coming competition.



The world of video games is meeting the world of school athletics.


This weekend brings the final round of a three-month online gaming competition among 32 Michigan high schools.

It's called eSports and it's rolling out in high schools around the country. 


Andrew Blanchard, tournament director for eSports Michigan, and Chase Kegley, team captain of the Milan High School Liquid Ninjaz eSports team, joined Stateside to tell us about the competition.


Listen above to hear what the tournament and game are like, how high schools and colleges have been reacting to the idea of creating official eSports teams for students, and what players get out of the experience. 


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