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. The vision for the esports program was born in the summer of 2015. 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. Working with student leaders, faculty, UCI’s gaming community and forward-thinking administration, the esports program was announced in the spring of 2016. On September 23, 2016, the UCI eSports Arena powered by iBUYPOWER was opened, and UCI offered scholarships to its first League of Legends teams.
Mark Deppe – Acting Director
Working closely with student leaders, staff, faculty, and industry partners, Mark is thrilled to lead the way for the first official eSports program at a public research institution. Recognizing the opportunity to build on UCI’s strong gaming culture and take advantage of the massive world of eSports, Mark began developing a vision and plan for the UCI eSports program in 2015.
Kathy Chiang – Arena Coordinator
Kathy found her way to UC Irvine through her interest in pursuing a career in the gaming industry, suitably majoring in Computer Game Science. She co-founded and led one of the largest gaming clubs in the world, The Association of Gamers at UCI in 2011, and dedicated all of her time between classes training officers, planning events, and, of course, playing video games.