The Cavalry’s Here!

by | Jun 27, 2017, 10:30AM PDT

UCI eSports is excited to announce that we will be fielding a scholarship team for Overwatch®, the team-shooter from Blizzard Entertainment, beginning in the fall of 2017. Competition is one of the esports program’s four pillars, along with Academics/Research, Community and Entertainment. Overwatch will be the second game for which we offer scholarships and an exciting opportunity for growth of the program.

When we consider which games to support with a scholarship team, we ask ourselves three questions:

1: Does the UCI and broader gaming world play and enjoy the game?
2: Is there an organized, competitive collegiate league in which we can compete?
3: Does the developer support competitive play (have they designed their game for esports)?

Not only does Overwatch answer those questions with a resounding yes, but there are some additional factors that make it an obvious choice for us. First of all, UCI’s club Overwatch team, run by The Association of Gamers, has been one of the top North American college teams since the game’s release. They placed first nationally in the Tespa Summer Series in 2016, went undefeated in the Tespa Collegiate Series in Fall 2016, and have won multiple local collegiate LAN tournaments.

I’ve been with the UCI Overwatch team since its conception, so recognition of our achievements from the school and the eSports program means the world to me. I am so grateful for the potential for added infrastructure and hopefully UCI eSports’ first national Overwatch championship.
— Sebastian (Selectt) Vasquez, Club Overwatch Team Player

Additionally, Overwatch has been widely praised for its diverse cast of in-game heroes. Blizzard’s efforts to promote inclusivity in gaming aligns with our program’s aspirations as well as UCI’s principles of inclusive excellence.

We are grateful that the program will be extending and recognizing the talent we have in our Overwatch community. We are excited to continue working with the UCI eSports program to provide more scholarships for our teams and qualified players.
— Jenny Song, The Association of Gamers at UCI President

Finally, Overwatch was created by Blizzard Entertainment, an Irvine-based company that has a long history of producing some of the world’s most popular games. We’re excited to deepen our relationship with our neighbors just across the 405 freeway.

As we begin to take steps to assemble our Overwatch team, we will be hiring a part-time coach to help select our roster and guide our players throughout the season. We are looking for someone with competitive experience, great coaching skills, and who embodies our values. If you think you might be a good fit for this role, please fill out this application form by July 17. We plan to hire someone by the end of July with team tryouts following shortly after.

Tryouts for the team will be open to all current and incoming UCI students with an in-game rank of Master or higher. We are looking for students who are highly skilled Overwatch players with diverse hero pools, competitive team experience, strong communications skills, a willingness to be coached, and, as with our coaching prospects, a commitment to positive, inclusive gaming. Interested students should fill out this application. We will offer tryout spots for up to 20 students who best match the above criteria. Tryouts will happen during the week of July 31 at the UCI eSports Arena.

We are excited to embark on this new journey and continue to build our program. See you in-game. GLHF!


UCI Esports Player Rosters For 2022-2023

by | Dec 14, 2022, 10:13PM PDT

Between big roster changes and the addition of an entirely new varsity team, UCI Esports is hyped to present the collegiate players that will represent our organization in the coming tournaments this year! If you’ve been following us on social media, our teams have been teased in multiple posts over the past few months. In preparation for their respective national championships in January, we are excited to officially introduce our team rosters for the 2022-2023 academic year!


  • Coach – David “HermesTheTurtle” Tu 


  • TOP – Minh “Elated” Pham
  • JUNGLE – Mike “MikeYeung” Yeung
  • MID – Ben “CinnamonBread” Chang
  • ADC – Alex “Gorica” Gorica
  • SUPPORT – Brett “Lightpulse” Narkiewicz


  • TOP- Long “Gino” Do
  • JUNGLE – Sam “Glorias” Chen
  • MID – Donovin “Debounair” Boun
  • ADC –  Andrew “Misterdot” Liu
  • SUPPORT – Ryan “Sliggins” Gilson


  • COACH – Michael “TheRealThe” Kuhns
  • DPS – Michael “Excal” Kim
  • DPS – Cyrus “cyy” Buffington
  • DPS – Zuhair “Zeerocious” Taleb
  • TANK – Jonathan “Light” Chao
  • TANK – Sean “Romani” Cook
  • SUPPORT – Mitsutoshi “Supreme” Sato
  • SUPPORT – Dimitrios “Otters” Karanikas
  • SUPPORT – Bruno “KapGod” Moebest


  • COACH – Vishal Rohit “CurryShot” Nathani
  • DUELIST / IGL – Munkhdul “plat1num” Baterdene
  • INITIATOR – Ivan “Sylph” Tran
  • INITIATOR – Richie “Richie” Tran
  • INITIATOR – Fiona “fifi” Lin
  • SENTINEL – Bradley “Cowpie865” Lacy
  • CONTROLLER – Kyle “kyle” Tyni
  • FLEX – Kyle “fwlo” Van

The University of California Esports Initiative (UCEI)  is an ongoing esports partnership between the different UC campuses, and their biggest annual event is coming soon! The UCEI Invitationals presented by Xfinity is right around the corner- set for January 13th-15th- and will feature all the rosters you see above in their respective games! Be sure to tune in on our Twitch channel at when the time comes to watch our players duke it out against their rivaling UC counterparts!

UCI Esports Introduces Valorant Head Coach: CurryShot!

by | Nov 22, 2022, 11:37PM PDT

This year UCI Esports is proud to announce our very own Valorant team, the latest addition to our existing esports scholarship program! As excited as we were to venture into the inaugural collegiate Valorant season, we knew we needed a coach to do it right. Hence why we proudly present Rohit “CurryShot” Nathani as our latest hire as Valorant Head Coach! 

You may recognize CurryShot for his time coaching Overwatch as the former Strategic Coach from Mayhem Academy, Guangzhou Charge, and the Los Angeles Gladiators. More recently, CurryShot has been embracing Valorant and worked with multiple teams to find their footing in the fresh title.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to coach the UCI Valorant team. Valorant is a game I’m really passionate about and I think our team can go far this season. I can’t wait to get started and I want to cultivate a culture that’s healthy and brings wins. I want us to work hard to surpass expectations and thrive in this title like UCI does in all their titles.”

Rohit “CurryShot” Nathani

The season has already started and the UCI Esports’ Valorant team currently stands in the Top 16 in the Western Conference. Make sure to support Curryshot and the players by tuning in to our UCI Esports Twitch to watch our Valorant games on Saturdays at 3:00pm PT!

Community Engagement Coordinator: Jamel Hopkins!

by | Aug 1, 2022, 12:18PM PDT

Whether you’re sieging towers, rushing sites, or pushing payloads, it’s your teammates that largely determine the course of the game. The community with which you surround yourself with is central to the gaming experience, in-game and out. Therefore, it is with great excitement that we announce Jamel “Aespirin” Hopkins, former shoutcaster and student staffer, will be joining the program full-time as our first-ever Community Engagement Coordinator.

Jamel will play an essential role for the program by connecting UCI Esports to the greater gaming community. As a primary liaison of the program, they will help to encourage and foster relations with other gaming spaces of all scopes, high school students, local UCI clubs, UCI alumni, and the national college esports community as a whole.

“As we have evolved as a program and adjusted to a world with COVID-19, we see a tremendous opportunity to use games and esports to re-engage our communities as we come back together in person. Our new Community Coordinator will play a vital role, connecting us more closely with UCI clubs, high school students, and our local community.”

– Mark Deppe, UCI Esports Director

“I’m ecstatic for this opportunity to give back to UCI Esports and the gaming community! In stepping into the role, my goal is to make our program a central hub on campus for students to call home like I have for years. I want our arena to brighten campus. Every student should feel safe and welcome here. I want everyone on campus to come here and get to know us, know each other.”

– Jamel Hopkins, Community Engagement Coordinator

The establishment of this new position at UCI Esports marks an exciting venture in the program’s ongoing commitment to building bridges between our local campus community and beyond. We are more than excited to have Jamel on board once more and look forward to witnessing his continued impact on the program!