What is going on with scholarships for varsity esports?

The 2020-21 school year was the first year of the esports program. The esports program allocated a portion of its budget - $35,000.00 - to financial aid for its varsity players and awarded selected players their scholarships in the middle of Fall 2020. It was then discovered in Spring 2021 that the funding source of the esports program budget is not allowed to be used for financial aid. The esports program has been working since Spring 2021 to obtain a funding source that is allowed to supply financial aid to our varsity players and meet or exceed the offerings of our inaugaral year. As the program works to obtain a funding source that meets these two requirements, updates will be shared in the Kennesaw Esports Discord and on our website - esports.kennesaw.edu.

Why did the esports program drop SMITE from the list of varsity titles?

Three reasons for the decision to decrease the number of our varsity titles are: the esports program’s  scholarship situation and long-term sustainability.

Recruitment is a topic the esports program has begun to address as of Summer 2021. With 2020 being our first year, we were fortunate to have lots of talent already present at our university. The esports program has a lot of growth to do before reaching the levels of recruitment of well-renowned esports programs. Making sure there will be a steady stream of new and talented players within our state is something we felt we could make possible by researching what titles Georgia high school esports programs are competing in. Our research led us to conclude that SMITE is not of those titles and in turn will not be sustainable as a varsity title once current players from our university move on.

We will still be supporting SMITE as one of our Competition Club offerings.