Esports project at Albright College receives $500K grant

Albright College will receive nearly half a million dollars from the state for its esports program.

In the latest round of Petsmart Advancing Grants, Governor Tom Wolf and the state education department announced 42 recipients.

Computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming for K-12 students will be supported and expanded through the grants.

The project is titled 'Esports Unleashed: The Arena of Futurity.'

In January, the school announced it was partnering with Nerd Street Gamers and CSL Esports to create a college esports facility on campus.

Albright and MPG Impact Development will collaborate to design and develop the property, which will feature professional-grade gaming equipment.

In 2018, Albright added esports to its varsity athletic program. The 10,000-square-foot venue will feature a stage for high-intensity competitions and a production studio for content creation.

Private rooms will be reserved for Albright's esports team and classes, officials said.

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