The University of California at Irvine has announced that they have just finished building their own 3,500 square feet college esports arena that they plan to open on Friday, Sept. 23. The arena will contain 80 gaming PCs with the most played esports games already installed, its own webcasting studio, as well as viewing screens.
Mark Deppe, UCI's acting director of esports, had the following to say about the new arena: "I think esports is the future of competition. Period. It transcends language, geography, race, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability and many other identities. In five years, many more schools will have official programs and more structure will be in place to regulate and provide guidance to schools. I think esports also have a huge opportunity to learn from the successes and shortcomings of traditional sports and provide a model for collegiate competition in the 21st century."