UC Irvine is premiering an official eSports program this fall. They will have a state of the art 3,500-square-foot arena filled with 80 gaming PCs. The arena will include a stage for League of Legends competitions and a live webcasting studio.
The university also announced they will be offering up to 10 scholarships for the students on their League of Legends eSports team.
“It has been a dream for many of us on campus that UCI recognize the importance of e-sports and create a space and a program that cater to the large community of gamers at the university,” said Jesse Wang, president of The Association of Gamers. “The eSports team and the arena will ensure that UCI continues to be a leader and trendsetter in collegiate e-sports.”
The eSports initiative is being supported by League of Legends developer Riot Games and by custom gaming computer maker iBuyPower. Riot Games will be working with UCI to ensure they are offering a premium League of Legends experience. iBuyPower will be providing the school with the computers, which will come pre-loaded with the most popular video game titles.
“UCI eSports will be built on four pillars: competition, academics, entertainment and community,” said Thomas Parham, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We hope to attract the best gamers from around the world.”
The center will be open to all students to game or to use the computers for classes or research projects.