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When the New York Institute of Technology took a gamer’s advice to organize esports play for its students, little did the institution expect that seed
to grow into groundbreaking medical research, a potential area for development of a new minor and a recruitment lure for new students. In this interview Dan Vélez, NYIT’s director of Athletics and Recreation, and Jerry Balentine, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, explain what medical issues esports players face as athletes, how esports compares to other athletic endeavors and what the future looks like for students who immerse themselves in the world of collegiate online gaming.