Gamer Arena

Double Jump Kris MiiHello everyone!
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.

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  1. Scholarships for gaming, that’s actually amazing. I mean, if they can do that for sports, then it’s about time that it’s happened for games! A gaming arena sounds awesome, and I’m glad that University of California is promoting gamers’ lifestyles in this way. It makes me wish this was more of a thing when I was in school!

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