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University of Arizona launches Esports Arena, includes varsity teams

Associated courses span across nine minors and majors
Posted: 2:53 PM, Mar 03, 2022
Updated: 2022-03-03 16:53:37-05
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The University of Arizona now has an esports program with its very own arena as the campus destination for video-game lovers.

This arena on the lowest level of the Student Unions Memorial Center offers a pay-per-hour option for "ANYONE" to game on the computers.

Costs are available in two options:

  • Catcard discount offers $4 and $18 for one and five hours, respectively.
  • General purchase is $7 and $31.50 for one and five hours, respectively.

Varsity esports teams for a variety of modern games are also offered.

The associated courses spanning across nine college minors and majors include:

  • Esports Industry (GAME 310, 311, 312, 452/552)
  • Programming classes (CSC 210, 317, 382, 433)
  • Game development (GAME/ISTA 251, 451/551)
  • Game design (INFO 516, 524, 525, 551)
  • Graphic design (ART 231, 237, 265, 266)
  • Broadcasting (JOUR 308, 497S, Global COM5003)
  • Video game culture (PAH 230, 231, 330, 331)
  • Esports as business (Eller, HNRS College Freshman Seminar)
  • Online communications (ESOC 211)

"Esports is more than just playing games competitively. Arizona Esports is also here to prepare you for a career in this growing industry," the university shared online. "This graphic gives just an idea of the many careers in esports."

Hours are from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday though Friday. On weekends, it operates within the limited time of 1-8 p.m.

The Center is closed on university recognized holidays as well.

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