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On college campuses, varsity gaming teams with all the trappings of sports teams are becoming increasingly common as schools tap into the rising popularity of competitive gaming.Fifty U.S. colleges have established varsity gaming teams over the past three years. These often offer at least partial scholarships and are backed by coaches and game analysts, much like any other college team.Among several starting new teams this year is the College of St. Joseph, a school of about 260 students in Vermont.It's also catching on at bigger schools, including the University of Utah, which said its new varsity teams are the first at any school in the five major athletics conferences.Supporters of collegiate gaming say varsity teams can bring national exposure to colleges at a relatively low cost, with the potential to land sponsorships that lower costs further.After announcing its first varsity team in April, Utah has already added teams for three more games and eventually hopes to offer full scholarships to gamers.
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