University of California offers League of Legends scholarships

We’re all used to the idea of universities and colleges offering sports scholarships, but did you know that several already offer e-sports scholarships? Columbia College in Missouri, Robert Morris University in Illinois, The University of Pikeville in Kentucky, Maryville University in Missouri, and Southwestern College in Kansas all offer grants or scholarships for e-sports, and the list is growing rapidly.

The University of California, Irvine has now joined the club with the announcement that it will soon begin offering a four-year League of Legends scholarship later this year for 10 students. The scholarship comes as part of a larger deal with Riot Games, who will also be opening a gaming cafe on campus in an effort to replicate the success of similar establishments in South Korea.

In a statement given to Polygon today, UC Irvine’s newly appointed e-sports director Mark Deppe revealed that 72% of the university’s students identify as gamers. “If we are the number one school for gamers, we’re going to be attracting a lot of people,” Deppe explained. “We want to be a first-choice school, and I think if we’re the best gaming and esports school out there, then we can attract a lot of fantastic students.”

Source: Polygon
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