Who needs a football team? UC Irvine will launch a first-of-its-kind eSports initiative this fall.

 

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Remember when your mom told you playing video games wasn’t going to pay the bills?

About that…

UC Irvine announced that it will launch an eSports initiative this fall, offering up to 10 academic scholarships to gamers on the university’s eSports team.

The ZotZone will be replaced with a state-of-the-art eSports arena, equipped with high-end gaming PCs, a stage for League of Legends competitions and a live webcasting studio. The studio behind League of Legends, Riot Games, has pledged its support for the eSports initiative and will work with UCI to offer a “premium League of Legends gaming experience.”

The physical presence of eSports in Orange County is growing. Last year, the eSports Arena opened to the public in Santa Ana.

UCI is a big gaming community. A recent survey of students found that 72 percent identify as gamers and 89 percent of these gamers supported the creation of an eSports team. In fact, College Magazine ranked UCI as the No. 1 school for gamers in 2015.

You can read more about this partnership at Polygon.

Originally posted 2016-03-30 22:24:44.

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