The University of California at Irvine is set to launch an esports arena with a new League of Legends roster that features former Team Vulcun support Lyubomir "BloodWater" Spasov.
UCI's esports scholarship program is similar to most university's traditional sports scholarships, with top LoL players receiving scholarships to study at the university while playing on their collegiate teams. According to a press release, BloodWater has been awarded a scholarship for the school's computer science.
"UCI’s new eSports program gives talented League of Legends players the opportunity to study what they love and to continue their passion for competitive gaming," BloodWater stated in the press release. "When I heard about the scholarship, I was very happy to know that I had a chance to attend one of the best universities in California – or anywhere – and to earn a degree in computer science.”
BloodWater is best known for his time on Team Vulcun, with whom he attended the Season 3 World Championships in 2013. The team placed third in the 2013 NA LCS Summer Playoffs, qualifying them for Worlds. Vulcun went on to place 11th-12th after placing second in their group with a 3-5 record.
The university has three other members of their LoL team set. The players are Youngbin Chung (Mid), James Lattman (ADC), Loc Tran (ADC) and Parsa "Frostalicious" Baghai (Jungle). The team will hold tryouts for a top laner starting Sept. 26.
“We’re honored to work with UCI to create a permanent home for gamers on campus and hope this will inspire similar programs at colleges and universities across North America,” Riot Games' head of collegiate esports Ramon Hermann stated in the press release.
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