The University of California, Irvine has created a League of Legends scholarship beginning in Fall of 2016. For some background, League of Legends is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) online game. It is arguably one of the most popular games in the world and is huge on college campuses. By the start of 2016, six different private schools have developed scholarships based on the game and there are hundreds of student-run clubs dedicated to it. This topic is quite controversial due to the definition of “sports”, since people don’t understand how a game can be considered a “sport.”
League of Legends is run by their developers Riot Games, who made the thirteenth spot on the best places to work in 2015 according to Glassdoor.
Riot Games will be helping this by providing funds for a new PC café on campus for all students to use. This café will be built similar to Korean PC cafes and will offer “premium League of Legends experience.” Riot is hoping that more schools will come on board and start their own scholarship program.
This scholarship will be offered to 10 students for up to four years at UC Irvine. Specifically, the university wants to embrace the gaming community. By doing so they hope that students will be able to compete in the Campus Series that Riot Games offers.
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