In a massive step forward for the world of e-sports, the University of California, Irvine has decided to offer a League of Legends scholarship for prospective students.
Now, a number of other institutions have already done the same thing. However, those institutions were privately funded. The University of California, Irvine will be the first public university to offer this type of scholarship.
For its first year being implemented, the university will offer ten placements to last up to four years. Along with that, the University of California, Irvine will also be creating a new PC café, inspired by the famous Korean café’s. The financing for this new expansion will be assisted by League of Legends developers, Riot Games.
Riot Games have played a huge role in making the scholarship possible, particularly through the continuing development of competitive League of Legends (and e-sports in general) events, such as regional and world championships. The League of Legends University Campus series, a massive 32-team tournament comprising university gaming clubs across America, has also assisted greatly in making the gaming scholarships possible.
The University of California, Irvine has also instated a new e-sports director, a Mr Mark Deppe. He’ll be in charge of guiding the university’s growing efforts to accommodate the rapidly expanding e-sports sector.
This move is massive progress in the continuing establishment of the legitimacy of e-sports. Hopefully the University of California, Irvine will see enough success from this to encourage other institutions to begin offering these types of scholarships and incentives as well.
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