Are esports a pandemic-era salve for sports-hungry fans?

Mark Deppe said esports arenas, such as the 3,500-square-foot facility at UC Irvine, are currently “all sitting there dark and empty” on campus, like other university buildings. UCI’s arena will remain closed going into the fall, as undergraduate courses will be held almost entirely online. Deppe is co-hosting a webinar on July 30 centered around how esports programs can continue to operate remotely without bringing students physically together.