University of California offers League of Legends scholarships

    
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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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Ket_Viliano
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Zsokorad  I like the idea of “Athletic Colleges”, similar to a technical or other trade school, which is what Athletics as career really is.

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I think competitive commercial sports should be abolished from Universities. Sports in Universities usually just suck up all the money and funding, and there’s nothing left for the other fields such as the sciences, maths, arts and social studies. As long as they have sports teams to rally around, Universities favor coaches over professors and are driven towards making money and being popular instead of educating new generations of citizens.
Sports should be their own path separate from Universities; Athletic Colleges, similar to Technical Colleges and Business Colleges. Leave the Universities to focus on the sciences, maths, arts and social studies.
That is my round-about way of saying…”this is stupid”.

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Lights_andMusic Kheran Haha no :D I’m just saying that hobbies are slowly becoming “sports” because they can bring money. For me, gaming is a hobby, so is bowling, darts or fishing.

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Skyewauker Karl_Hungus Ket_Viliano Damonvile Lord Zorvan  Why do you make the assumption that everyone who wants to make life in this country better, is suffering from magical thinking? That is quite a load of magical thinking in itself. No one is under the delusion that we would have “tons and tons” of money, what people want is a days pay for a days work, enough to pay the rent and have something left over. That is not possible when rent is so out of whack with what people can earn.
The US spends more on health care, per capita, than any other nation on earth. There are certainly better ways to do things. We are spending 1 trillion dollars on an F35 flying pig, and we can’t afford to educate the populace?

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Skyewauker Karl_Hungus Damonvile 
You guys should really, really do some research on how fucked up the NCAA is before defending them for the sake of being an ignorant contrarian.

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Skyewauker Karl_Hungus Ket_Viliano Damonvile Lord Zorvan 
The system is so fundamentally broken across the board that everything has to radically change to usher in the type of social programs that democratic socialist countries have. It’s not just a completely broken tax code; it’s also inefficient government spending, a philosophically flawed foreign policy, etc etc etc. The list of what’s broken in America is so long that one president won’t be able to undo all the damage done. But you know what? I’m going to keep voting for progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders instead of that war hawk crooked insider Hillary who will just keep things running business as usual. I wish my generation was leaving this world in better shape for the next generation, but unfortunately that’s not the case. You’re all fucked. Have fun! lol

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Karl_Hungus Damonvile Lord Zorvan I should have scrolled down.  Boy, I nailed it.

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Karl_Hungus Skyewauker Damonvile by giving them a college education that costs anywhere from $40K to $300K?
Child, please.   Don’t you have a “black lives matter” protest to attend?  A Bernie rally?

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schlag sweetleaf the only South Park episode I’ve ever liked… because much of it took place inside WoW and the graphics and animation was so superior to usual

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I suppose this isn’t much different than giving a scholarship for having a 90% free-throw percentage or a 4.3 second 40 yard dash time
But I still think it’s stupid, and I think watching other people play video games and calling it a “sport” is stupid, but that’s just my opinion.

I don’t call poker a sport either.. shrugs