Mount Kigali University has launched electronic sports (e-Sports) for its students.
The launch was presided over by Board of Trustees chairman and founder Prof. Simon Gicharu.
With the launch, Mount Kigali University becomes the first institution of higher learning in Rwanda to have such facilities domiciled at its premises.
The launch came hot on the heels of receipt of Instruments of Power by the university administration from the Board of Trustees, which confirmed Mount Kigali University as an autonomous institution.
Mount Kigali University was previously a campus of Mount Kenya University, but was granted full accreditation by the Government of Rwanda in April this year.
“The launch of Electronic Sports (or e-Sports) is in line with our reputation as a university that keeps up with the modern trends,” said
Prof. Gicharu. “Long gone are the days when sports were confined to outdoors physical activities. Everything has now gone Digital….including sports.”
Over the last few years, e-Sports have evolved from a hobby to a global phenomenon involving millions of fans.
Electronic sports have several stark advantages over other sports in that they are open to all students regardless of their physical abilities or backgrounds.
During the launch, Prof. Gicharu pledged to support the Rwanda Dream Team players by donating a controller for every member of the team.
Mount Kigali University hosted exhibition matches against the Rwanda Dream Team during the launch. Mount Kigali University emerged victorious, winning trophies and cash prizes. In total, the matches had a pool prize of 440,000RWF.