I’ve been out of school for years and, while education is very important, the classroom setting was never for me. On that note, though, I heard of a university in California that is setting up a gamer haven…
The University of California-Irvine is doling out scholarships just for playing video games. If I knew about this place back when I was getting ready to go to college, I would have given it serious consideration if it looked as it does now.
The university is set to open its state-of-the-art gaming arena this week, and it boasts 70 gaming computers, each with their own set of gaming headphones and oh-so-comfortable looking chairs for the ultimate gaming experience. Televisions and monitors are set to adorn the walls to showcase leadership boards, and a section of the place will be dedicated to gaming consoles, such as XBox and Playstation. There’s also an area that will be dedicated to livestreaming.
With plenty of popular games — League of Legends, Overwatch, Minecraft, just to name a few — already pre-loaded on the computers and costing only $4 an hour to spend some time on the machines, the university’s gaming community looks set to explode. Considering that Irvine is one of the few universities to offer a Computer Game Science degree and that it’s “also in the backyard of a bunch of game studios,” it seems like a great investment for the place.
In all honesty, this isn’t too much of a surprise. Nowadays, video games are a widely accepted form of entertainment with some of the most impressive technology (virtual reality, anyone?), gorgeous art, and immersive story lines that we’ve ever seen. Gamers are a dominant force in the consumer world, and having dedicated gaming arenas are certainly nice.