Video game club, seriously?! Yes!! Video gaming is becoming an ever-increasing part of many students’ lives, having schools connect and build a relationship with them will allow the schools to guide the students to more traditional study topics that they can then relate to their experiences in games.
Video games are now a legitimate high school club sport. Competitive video game playing, also known as e-sports, is now a high school varsity sport in eight states.
It began with Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island in the fall of 2018.
In 2019, a research firm, Newzoo, reported that the global e-sports market is expected to generate more than $1 billion in 2019. It also estimates the e-sports audience will reach 454.
There was a time not too long ago when playing video games for a living was a pipe dream. Now, some players are supporting their entire families from it and students are considering it a tangible career goal.
Pro players can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and compete for millions of dollars in prizes.
Universities such as New York University and the University of California, Irvine now offering scholarships for video games.
Some gamers are now signing endorsement deals once reserved for the likes of Lebron James and Tom Brady.
For example, Benjamin Lupo aka Dr. Lupo plays professionally and streams his gameplay online to an audience of more than 7 million followers. Lupo is the first e-sports athlete to sign an endorsement deal individual with State Farm. In an interview Lupo stated: “Kids could be walking around with letter jackets for gaming, and I love it. I absolutely love it.”
In 2018, Fortnite became an international video game sensation, and at one point, it added 125 million players in a matter of months.
Video games brings people together and when they’re working together, it’s like any other team sport. They’re all for each other.
At MileStone Academy, we try to teach students compassion & good sportsmanship & that’s what we are infusing with video games. Plus, video gaming is a team sport that any student can get involved in.