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Esports, competitive multiplayer video gaming programs, are growing increasingly popular on college campuses around Ohio. 

According to ESPN, there are 15 schools in Ohio with varsity esports programs. The schools in the Ohio Athletic Conference with esports programs are Marietta College, Ohio Northern University, University of Mount Union, and Muskingum University. 

National Association of Collegiate Esports research says, "the average cost of starting up an esports program in higher education is just $41,000." 

The Otterbein Student Government executive board says there has never been an esports student organization petition. 


Gamer's Guild, a campus organization focusing on the love of all games already exists at Otterbein. 

The president of Gamer's Guild, Hugh Graham, a junior English creative writing and women, gender, and sexuality double major, shared their thoughts on esports. Graham says, "While I think having an esports team at Otterbein would be an amazing opportunity, we don't currently have the resources we would need. I think it would be best to build a structure by which we could feasibly support the endeavor first."