It’s time to support students with a passion for video gaming, esports in area schools – Lansing State Journal

It’s time to support students with a passion for video gaming, esports in area schools – Lansing State Journal

“It’s a beautiful day today — go outside and play!”

This is a phrase many of us heard from our parents growing up. Back then, there was nothing to be gained from sitting on the couch all day playing video games, except maybe bragging rights among your friends. Today, it’s an entirely different story.

John Jaquith

Esports has taken the world by storm. It is estimated 380 million people watch esports worldwide. With increased global success, and recognition as a valid sporting activity in recent years, esports are even came to the 2021 Olympics for the first time in history.

As we see esports continue to increase in popularity and more gamers making successful careers of it, while we certainly need to promote with children the wonders of the outdoors and spending quality time away from electronic screens, it’s time we end the stigma against video games and start encouraging kids with a knack for gaming to pursue it professionally.

Esports is a burgeoning commerce sector. Beyond gaming professionally, esports also requires announcers, producers, video editors, event coordinators, game creators and so much more. In fact, the number of jobs available in the esports industry grew by 87 percent in 2019, with the United States being home to more than half of all esports jobs.

As the demand for jobs increases and the industry continues to grow globally, so should our efforts as educators to provide students
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