Remember back when playing video games was seen as “nerdy” or just a waste of time? Well, those days are long gone. Now, you can make a lucrative career out of creating or playing video games. And, the University of California, Irvine has a program to help you down that path.
UCI is the first public university to create an official eSports program and is regarded as one of the best and most comprehensive in the world. With a successful Computer Game Science major, a thriving gaming community, and a history of elite competition, UCI is a natural place for eSports to thrive.
We interviewed Mark Deppe, eSports Director at UCI, to learn more about the program. Watch the interview above, or we’ve transcribed the video below for your convenience. (lightly edited for clarity)
Competitive Element of eSports
Mark Deppe, UCI