“This is a sport”: Durham hosts first eSports event in ON to see players compete for scholarships

August 30, 2019

50 students from a dozen Ontario colleges and universities took part in the Ontario Collegiate Rocket League Finals at Durham College, which reportedly marked the first time collegiate eSports athletes in Ontario have played for scholarships. “A lot of people, especially older people, don’t understand that this is a sport,” said Zachary Bouffard, who coaches Durham’s Rocket League team. “I think events like this will help legitimize it. I hope they will.” The Star reports that the event took place at Durham’s new eSports arena, a 3,000 square-foot facility that can accommodate 120 spectators. According to the Star, the global eSports economy is on track to exceed $1.6B by 2021. The Star (ON)