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Dramatic changes likely for campus esports arenas

University Business, May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020

Dramatic changes likely for campus esports arenas

Like many campus esports arenas, UC-Irvine has opened its doors to its entire student body. It also has welcomed in the community for recreational play and viewing. That is likely to change. Mark Deppe, UCI Esports Director and the commissioner of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), says he expects a limited reopening of the facility in the fall – with one-third maximum capacity. They too will reduce hours and staffing, as well as tours. And he says there will be lots of signage and messages to inform people of the changes. In addition, a number of hygienic measures will be implemented. … “Much of our response will be guided by state and county decisions,” Deppe says.