Linksys Teams with UCI Esports

by | Oct 12, 2017, 8:11PM PDT

Read Linksys’ press release about our new partnership! A snippet from the article follows.

Linksys®, a leader in providing home and office Wi-Fi networking solutions, today announced that it has teamed with the University of California Irvine (UCI) Esports Program as its newest sponsor to help enhance player game experiences and to work with the professional players in the collegiate gaming community to gain insights that will help drive product development, performance, and innovation.

“A UCI survey of undergraduate students found that 72 percent identify as gamers, making for an ideal demographic group for Linksys to work with and gain more insights to help improve the online gaming experience,” said Mark Deppe, UCI Esports director. “It means a lot to have a company like Linksys supporting our program. Their name recognition and brand is well known in the gaming space and a natural fit for our gaming program and associated partners.”

“Linksys’ world class engineering lab is located in the UCI Research Park in Irvine, California. We have been looking for ways to further engage with the university and its students to help us learn more about technology that we could implement into our products,” said Vince La Duca, Sr. global product manager for Linksys. “When UCI launched the esports program last year, it was the same time we were finalizing our plans for our latest gaming router – the WRT32X. We knew we needed to be involved so we could help improve online gaming performance while getting insights from professional players and students that will help us build products the online gaming community would clamor to get their hands on.”

As part of the sponsorship, Linksys will also be providing some of its business grade networking solutions such as Ethernet switches to help power gaming tournaments and esports arenas. Linksys also provides the switches for many of the PAX gaming tournaments, Open to Play and BYOC Lan parties around the world.