Should schools teach Esports?
Esports has become an ever present factor in the modern world. Younger audiences are becoming infatuated by watching their favourite professional teams duke it out on their preferred arena – be it first person shooter, online battle arena; hey, even car football. An obvious side effect of this is that younger people have goals to become professional players. While some of them have achieved this at an alarmingly young age, most people are bound by time and just don’t have the ability to put in the effort. While adults battle with work, kids battle with school, fighting to find the time of day to sit down and train with games.
That is to say, why can’t esports be taught in schools? Just as professional football players found their passion for the sport in school, what if the next breed of esports pro teams are bolstered with players who have been at it since they were too young to read? Now, offering the chance to play video games instead of physical activity is sure to alarm people who still think video games are attacking the minds of the younger generation. However, some Swedish high schools have taken the torch and began teaching esports tactics to people who are good enough to understand. Sweden has always had an overwhelmingly good roster of players for Counter-Strike, so it makes sense that the country would try to improve their ratings in any way possible.
Be it an after school activity or it’s own education module, esports is bound to find its way into UK schools one way or another. It belonging in school comes down to the way esports is classified – If it’s a sport, then there is no reason it shouldn’t be facilitated in schools. If it’s a hobby, then it’s understandable as to why it would stay at home. Whether esports are real sports has been a debate since Tetris; chances are you already have your mind set on the answer, too. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be as suprise if the average pro age started dropping.