Sunday, April 10, 2016

UC Irvine Offering Scholarships for Gamers, Building Gaming Arena and Webcasting Studio - David Nagel, Campus Technology

University of California, Irvine is launching a new e-sports initiative this fall, which it's describing as "the first of its kind at a public research university." As part of the initiative, UCI is constructing a 3,500-square-foot gaming arena with 80 high-end gaming PCs from iBuyPower "loaded with popular gaming titles" and a webcasting studio that will live stream gaming events, such as multiplayer competitions. UCI will also be offering up to 10 academic scholarships to students who make UCI's eSports team, supported in part by iBuyPower. "UCI eSports will be built on four pillars: competition, academics, entertainment and community," said Thomas Parham, vice chancellor for student affairs, in a prepared statement.

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