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Pokimane to give ‘Poki’ esports college scholarship every year “forever”

Published: 13/Feb/2020 22:06 Updated: 13/Feb/2020 22:14

by Virginia Glaze

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Twitch streamer and internet celebrity Imane “Pokimane” Anys announced that she has partnered with UCI Esports for a brand-new scholarship, which will be awarded to one student every year “forever.”

Anys broke the news during a live broadcast on February 13, announcing that she has partnered with the University of California Irvine’s esports initiative to create a special ‘Poki’ scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student in UCI’s esports program, which Anys expressed excitement about, as it can be difficult for full-time college students to divide their priorities between studying and pursuing a career in competitive gaming.

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Streaming star Imane “Pokimane” Anys has announced her very own college scholarship, in partnership with UCI’s esports program.

“They are pursuing esports while getting a degree in school,” she explained. “Which, I know from experience, is so freaking hard.”

That’s not all: Pokimane also revealed that she will be sponsoring four STEM Advantage scholars for majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

“I’ve been working for so long because I wanted to figure out a way to give back to both esports — the community, which I’ve gotten a whole life out of — and, if you guys didn’t know, I also studied engineering while I was in university,” she continued. “Education is something that I genuinely care about so much.”

This statement comes as little surprise to fans, considering that her mother is an elementary school teacher, but there’s no arguing that a scholarship from such a massive personality in the gaming scene marks a massive stride for esports’ blooming status in universities, worldwide.

According to a statement from UCI, Pokimane donated a whopping $50,000 to the initiative, marking the first of such endowments to their esports program.

The winning student will receive $2,500 annually beginning in 2022, with a report from the university clarifying that “there is no limit to how many times a student can earn the scholarship during his or her time at UCI.”

UCI’s latest initiative follows the construction of their very own esports arena, with the program itself having been founded in 2015 — the first of its kind, which has since led to similar projects in colleges across the United States.

As esports continues to grow, so too will its involvement in higher education, with Pokimane’s donation standing as the latest chapter in an ever-evolving industry.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”