With Careers as one of our program’s five pillars, we aim to create as many opportunities as possible for students to engage with and grow within the esports and gaming community at UCI. We hope to help our staff pursue their dreams and achieve their goals of whichever roles they want to play within the industry.
The main way to get involved is to work at our state-of-the-art esports arena! We are recruiting staff to help with the daily operation of our facility, shoutcasters to assist with events and covering our matches, and volunteers to join our digital content team working on articles, graphics, photos, and videos for UCI Esports.
You must be an existing UCI student for these positions and also to access the forms!
Our recruiters will be in touch if we think you may be a good fit for our program. Please review all the information on the applications for more details on job duties and the hiring process for each role.
As our scholarship teams enter playoffs, we are excited to unveil our new jerseys for the current season. The new 2019 jerseys feature two variants – one for home games and one for away. Design efforts were headed by our Digital Marketing Intern, Nick Gasparyan, with support from fellow intern Allison Le (League of Legends and graphic design team manager) and design help from Dishanth Shankar Reddy (student graphic designer).
Together, Nick and Allison brainstormed ideas for the new jersey using a Pinterest board to correlate ideas, taking inspiration from other esports jerseys and experimenting color swatches. These ideas were then passed around to multiple people and some minor alterations were made – most notably from the input of Sebastian “Selectt” Vasquez, UCI Esport’s very own Overwatch scholarship team player. At the end of the brainstorming process, all was taken to Dishanth, who then brought the initial designs and their variations to the drawing board.
In an interview with Nick, he revealed that he wanted to create a new jersey that was “cool, innovative, and different”. He noted that as of now, there are few jersey companies that specifically cater towards esports collegiate programs. As a result, there is little room for more innovative designs to be produced by the companies themselves. Seeking to alter this trend, Nick decided to take action to move UCI Esports in a direction that would make us stand out from the rest.
One of the main issues Nick encountered was the actual rendering of the jersey design onto a feasible print file. As a solution, he worked with Archon Clothing (our current jersey sponsor) to bring the designs to life.
Moving from the 2018 design to the new, Nick noted that an aspect of the previous design he enjoyed was the sponsor logos being displayed on the sleeves. This element was reimplemented into the new design, albeit on a smaller scale. This was done to make it easier to capture the logos on camera during events, as compared to stretching out the logos, which would make them harder to recognize from a distance. “[This way] our sponsors can get the attention they need.”
Another choice detail on the new design worth mentioning is the new strip on the jersey that displays the in-game name of the player. Compared to previous designs that only displayed in-game names on the back, the design now boasts the names in front as well. This gives even more attention to the players’ identities, as cameras can easily capture both the players’ faces as well as their in-game names. Nick notes that the main inspiration for this change was the designs of Overwatch League/Contenders jerseys. “It gives them more of an identity of where they are on the team. You don’t only know their name, you know how they play, and what to expect.”
Next time you visit the UCI Esports Arena, be sure to check out the jersey wall and see for yourself how the designs have transformed over the years. You might even see the newest design being sported by our very own scholarship teams!
We are excited to bring back our Youth Summer Camps for this upcoming summer! Our camps are fun and educational events in which campers will receive in-depth knowledge about the esports industry or how to improve their gameplay.
Our target audience consists of high school students in their junior or senior years interested in pursuing a career in the ever-expanding esports industry. However, we still encourage anyone who is interested to apply, as we may make exceptions based on qualifications and circumstances.
There will be three summer programs in total, each with a specific focus in mind: Girls in Gaming Camp, League of Legends Bootcamp, and Overwatch Bootcamp.
Girls in Gaming Camp
The Girls in Gaming Camp was created for young women who have a strong passion for gaming and will explore a variety of gaming-related topics such as streaming, game development, competition, and more! We will be joined by guest experts from all across the gaming scene to share their own story and insight – with a focus on professional women and their day to day lives in the currently male dominated industry.
This is a day camp run from Monday through Friday with unique talks and activities planned for each day in our very own esports arena.
League of Legends Bootcamp & Overwatch Bootcamp
Both of these camps are geared towards players who hope to play at the collegiate or professional level. They will be led by our UCI Esports scholarship players and coaching staff. Campers will not only receive strategic coaching throughout the duration of the camp, but they will also have the opportunity to learn about team play, communication, and VOD review at a professional standard. If you want to take your game to the next level, this is the place to start!
Unlike the Girls in Gaming camp, our bootcamps are a 7-day overnight program that comes with on-campus housing, meals, and unlimited access to our esports arena.
Applications are open TODAY in our Camps section! Camp prices and deadlines are located on each camp’s page. You can also reference our schedules from past camps.
As the dates draw closer, stay on the lookout for future updates as we finish inviting this year’s guests and developing the 2019 curriculum.