A US university is offering scholarships for exceptional Fortnite players

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You can now pay for your education by playing the most popular game in the world right now, Fortnite.

Ashland University in the US state of Ohio has added Fortnite Battle Royale to its collegiate esports program, starting in the fall, 2018.

Scholarships in esports at Ashland are worth up to $US4,000 “based on player skill level and academic requirements”. Open tryouts for Fortnite players wishing to represent the Ashland Eagle are planned for next school year.

“The growth of Fortnite has been astounding to witness and getting players into structured practices ahead of the launch of a collegiate league will be extremely beneficial to our program,” Ashland esports head coach Josh Buchanan says.

Ashland already offers scholarships for League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike and Rocket League players.

All of which are now standing in the shade of Fortnite’s rapid growth across the globe. The online shooter just raked in $US25 million ($AU32.6 million) in its first month as a mobile version, and it hasn’t even hit Android devices yet.

Average daily player spending through the App Store currently grosses more than Tinder, Pandora and YouTube, and only Netflix keeps more Americans eyes on their screen.

More than 3.4 million people played the game simultaneously last month.

Sensor Tower predicts it could gross as much as $US500 million ($AU652.4 million) by the end of 2018 across iOS and Android devices alone.

But you need to do more than just buy new outfits for your characters if you want to win Fortnite’s 100-player battle royales.

(Here are some tips.)

“We’re excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space,” Buchanan says.

“Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovate and show off their mastery of their skills.”

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