IT & Systems Management

UC Irvine gets into the esports game with a gaming arena and scholarships

When ESPN broadcasted a collegiate esports match last spring, my Twitter timeline—heavily populated by fans of “traditional” sports like baseball and football—erupted with a mix of snarky jokes and comments along the lines of, “I can’t believe I’m watching this.” Regardless of whether or not you like esports, they aren’t going away. In fact, one university is about to make a big push into the realm of esports.

Last week, the University of California, Irvine announced what it claims is a “first-of-its-kind official e-sports initiative” that will kick off this fall. The plan includes the construction of an “esports arena” in the student center—complete with a studio for livestreaming competitions—and the school will offer up to ten scholarships to members of UC Irvine’s esports team.

The 3500-square-foot esports arena will feature 80 gaming PCs, and will be used for classes in addition to gaming, according to UC Irvine.

It looks as though UC Irvine’s esports team will have plenty of support on campus, too: according to the university, “a recent survey of students found that 72 percent identify as gamers and 89 percent support the creation of an e-sports team.”

So the next time someone tries to tell you that gaming is a waste of time, here’s another piece of evidence that suggests otherwise.

IDG Insider


« FBI will help US agencies with tools to unlock encrypted devices


Add-ins are coming to Microsoft Office for Mac »
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Recommended for You

International Women's Day: We've come a long way, but there's still an awfully long way to go

Charlotte Trueman takes a diverse look at today’s tech landscape.

Trump's trade war and the FANG bubble: Good news for Latin America?

Lewis Page gets down to business across global tech

20 Red-Hot, Pre-IPO companies to watch in 2019 B2B tech - Part 1

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends


Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?