UCI will debut new e-sports center in the fall
Thomas Parham, vice chancellor of student affairs at UCI, says, “We hope to attract the best gamers from around the world, and our academic programs in computer gaming science, digital arts, computer science, engineering, anthropology, law, medicine, neuroscience and behavior create a strong foundation for research and inquiry related to gaming.”
Those who don’t make the team will still be able to enjoy the state-of-the-art gaming center.
According to the university, e-sports often include multiplayer video game competitions. Its popularity draws enthusiasts from all over the world to view matches that are live streamed.
The success of the program is “virtually” guaranteed. Last year, College Magazine ranked UC Irvine the No. 1 school for gamers. Among the campus clubs, the Association of Gamers has the highest membership. Add to that, the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences is the largest in the nation.
Jesse Wang, president of the Association of Gamers, said, “The eSports team and the arena will ensure that UCI continues to be a leader and trendsetter in collegiate e-sports.”