The University of California (UCI) will provide, for the academic year 2019-2020, the possibility for students to take advantage of scholarships … dedicated to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
This is thanks to a donation of 50,000 dollars, made recently by the owners of Street Media, a company that holds the magazines “Irvine Weekly” and “LA Weekly”. The UCI will, therefore, offer Smash Ultimate scholarships to six students for a total of 6,000 Dollars each, while what remains of the donation will be used to start the dedicated export program within the University.
Students enrolled at the UCI will have the opportunity to access the scholarship through an eligibility test in October at the UCI Esports Arena, a fully equipped structure for competitive gaming built thanks to a partnership with the iBUYPOWER chain.
” The UCI Smash community is one of the most passionate on the entire campus, ” said Mark Deppe, boss of UCI Esports. ” We are also able to offer scholarships to League of Legends and Overwatch players. When a donor has expressed a desire to support one of his favorite games, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we absolutely had to support this initiative.” The requirements to be respected to maintain the Super Smash Bros. scholarship. Ultimate includes a weekly training schedule of 10 to 15 hours, plus of course purely school requirements, such as good conduct and a good average.
As the UCI director, Esports recalled, the university is already very active in the competitive scene. The institute ‘s League of Legends team won last year’s National College Championship and represented North America at the International College Cup. Last February, two teams of UCI students participated in the regional qualifiers for Super Smash Bros. tournaments falling under the Collegiate Starleague (CSL).
In short, in the United States now export is already a widely accepted and consolidated reality in most university campuses.