A private liberal arts college in Kentucky will become the second college to make video games an official sport and start offering scholarships to gamers in the fall. Robert Morris College in Illinois was the first to incorporate eSports into its official athletic program last year.

The University of Pikeville will offer 20 scholarships when it begins League of Legends competition play in the fall. The team will be coached by graduate Eric VanHoose.

“It will be a regime a lot like athletics,” University of Pikeville New Media Director Bruce Parsons said. “They’ll have to have a certain GPA. We’ll look at them like student athletes. There will be practice time and video time when they have to study other teams for upcoming competitions.”

The university’s move to provide collegiate eSports scholarships follows the announcement last summer by Robert Morris University to offer a similar program. The Robert Morris team competes against a collection of 103 institutions including schools from Harvard to ASU in eSports matches.

Teams in the Collegiate Star league compete for $100,000 in scholarships provided by Riot Games. But the RMU and, now, the UP teams are the only two to be considered “Varsity” and an official part of the school’s sports program with collegiate funding.

“Robert Morris University has always been at the forefront of providing opportunities for a diverse student population with different interests and skills.  League of Legends is a competitive, challenging game which requires significant amount of teamwork to be successful,” said Robert Morris Associate Athletic Director Kurt Melcher.

“It’s actually becoming a worldwide trend,” said Parsons. “This game is five-on-five competitive play. It takes skill, practice and a lot of teamwork.”