Blizzard to fund competitive gaming at the college level

Game tournament at BlizzCon 2010

The world of competitive gaming revolves around young players, but it's not always easy for them to participate -- many of them are college students without the resources to host large tournaments. They'll soon get a helping hand from Blizzard, however. The StarCraft II developer is now promising support for college gaming groups that are part of the The eSports Association (TeSPA); as groups get larger, Blizzard will offer increasing amounts of cash, in-game bonuses and promo material. Groups with over 200 members will even get special guests. While the move is no doubt meant to sell more games, it could also create a stronger eSports community that nurtures rookies until they're ready to hit the big leagues.

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