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An Expensive Endeavour for College Students

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The online electronic sports (shortened esports) is a growing industry worldwide and had almost $700 million in revenues, with an audience of almost 400 million people [1]. Thereby, both a new kind of athlete and a new medium to enjoy competitive sports are created. Many young people make esports their career. Germany’s Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi earned more than $4 million by the age of 25 through prizes and sponsorships [2].

Recently esports have been included in many universities’ portfolio. The National Association of Collegiate Esports work with around 120 colleges and universities throughout North America, where many of them provides scholarships for elite players [3]. When successful, the average payout for winning an esports event is $15,000 per player [4]. 51% of students thinks Esports might provide a viable career option. On average, video games get more viewership from people aged between 18-25 in the U.S. than the NBA finals or the World series [5].

To become successful in esports, it is an expensive endeavor for college students in terms of time investment and real costs. The average collegiate esports player spends four hours a day on practice [6]. Practice within esports are just as serious as practicing any other sports. Not only do students allocate precious time practicing, they must also invest in proper gaming equipment.

With a total cost of over $3000, the top tier equipment might be out of reach for most students, being burdened with tuition and other costs.

A gaming PC could cost $1265 for just the rig itself [7]. Then you need a headset, monitor, wired controller, fiber-optic broadband, mic, webcam, keyboard, and mouse. The total could come up towards $2,565 [8]. Those who take their health seriously must also invest in a good chair to avoid injuries. A good chair could potentially cost up to $500 [9].

With the initial investments required, students looking to try out esports may want to use Mijem. Students can earn cash by selling things they do not need. At the same time, students may be able to also find appropriate esports equipment through Mijem for a cheaper price. Ultimately, Mijem is the college solution that connects students and enables them to buy, sell, ride.