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MKU launches E-sports as universities embrace competitive gaming

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has unveiled a state-of-the-art gaming equipment 
at its Main campus in Thika town in a bid to fast track its students grab a stake in the fast rising world of electronic sports (E-sports).

The new equipment was officially handed over to students by the Chairman Board of Directors, Prof Simon Gicharu. The launch event showcased the university's commitment to innovation, technology, and the holistic development of students.

“By recognizing the potential of e-sports, universities in Kenya can create an inclusive environment that nurtures talent, empowers students, and prepares them for the ever-evolving digital landscape,” Prof Gicharu said.

E-sports, the competitive world of video gaming, offers numerous benefits and opportunities for students, universities, and corporates alike. Embracing this growing phenomenon can greatly enrich the educational experience and foster a thriving gaming community.

Consequently, the university’s E-sports management team has commenced a recruitment drive for the upcoming season. 

“If you have a burning passion for competitive gaming and want to showcase your skills, this is your chance to shine,” the team said in statement.

The team is actively seeking talented individuals for the games of Tekken, NBA2K, and FIFA.

In the traditional sports, MKU emerged Third Best Overall among Kenyan universities and subsequently the eighth best East African institution during the 12th edition of Eastern Africa Universities games that were held at Ndejje University, Uganda in December 2022. 

The event attracted 35 universities across Eastern Africa.

However, the world of e-sports is exploding in Kenya, with an increasing number of young people achieving success in competitive gaming. Although not well known, e-sports is gaining momentum — from diverse gaming models, innovative content development and dynamic relationships with the creative economy.

In 2022, Kenya made a debut in the Global E-sports Games held in Istanbul, Turkey. Eight of Kenya’s best gamers competed against African nations such as Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia, Djibouti, Libya, Somalia and Namibia, and the world’s best.

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