NRG Esports, owners of Overwatch League team ​San Francisco Shock, announced an esports partnership with University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday that features a focus on mental health and women in gaming.

The partnership between NRG esports and UC Berkeley -- specifically Cal Esports, the university's esports program -- has efforts to create a "new campus esports community center at the Foothill complex in fall 2018," in collaboration with other sponsors. Additionally, NRG is now a premier sponsor of Cal Esports.


Andy Miller, ​owner of NRG and San Francisco Shock, expressed his thoughts on the partnership in ta news release. "By investing in this esports program, we’re investing in the future: technology, reinvented community, new learning models, and of course, the students,” he said in a statement.

The partnership also has a focus on women in gaming. It will "highlight a mindfulness, health and wellness program for gamers, as well as a Women in Gaming Initiative to create a gateway for more female gamers to play more games, with more confidence. UC Berkeley student and gaming community leader Cherie Lin, who is also co-leading the Women in Gaming initiative, believes UC Berkeley is full of active and committed gamers, brought together by their shared passion for esports," the release read.


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