uci-lol-scholarshipWhat do you do when you go to college? To get a degree, or an education? Not everyone is able to afford the college fees, which is why scholarships are available for outstanding students who are also needy. The thing is, we are so used to scholarships for the usual fields of study like law, engineering and medicine, so much so that we forget there is a new trend emerging – e-sports, and the University of California, Irvine is touted to be the first public, state-run school that will offer a League of Legends scholarship.

League of Legends can be arguably considered to be the most popular game in the world, and is no doubt a big thing among college students. So far, at the beginning of this year, half a dozen different private schools had already offered scholarships based on the game, with hundreds more boasting of student-run clubs that are fully dedicated to the game.

With the announcement by the University of California, Irvine, it makes it the first public university to launch a League of Legends e-sports scholarship program from fall this year onward. Riot Games will play a role as well, forking out dough to create a new PC cafe on campus so that students there can use it, and said cafe is forged after Korean cybercafes with the promise of a “premium League of Legends experience”. Do you think scholarship recipients will end up as the next $1 million player? [Press Release]

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