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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