Although many sports fans might not realise it, some of the biggest sporting events of the past five years have involved organised competitive videogame playing. The most successful eSports players and teams complete on a professional basis for massive prize money in front of arena crowds of thousands of paying spectators, bolstered by audiences of millions of online viewers. For example, there were more than 200 million concurrent viewers for the 2018 championship finals of the League of Legends , and more than 40 million players participated in online qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup last year, competing for $30 million in prize money. This is a serious business. The global industry is worth more than $1 billion, and there’s now a serious push to include eSports in the roster of summer Olympic events. Closer to home, the Victorian government is spruiking Melbourne as ” the home of Australian eSports ” and supports an annual large competitive event at the city’s Olympic Park.
Recognising the educational potential of eSports
Given the youth appeal of eSports, schools and colleges are understandably beginning to explore the connections between gaming and education. In a practical sense, this has seen the emergence of representative school eSports teams sitting alongside the usual footy, soccer and cricket squads. At the top end, some US colleges have started to offer gaming scholarships to attract elite student players. More prosaically, more than 160 high schools in Australia and New Zealand compete in the META High School eSports league run by the Adelaide Crows AFL club. Prioritising student participation in gaming has been welcomed as having the potential to overcome the problems inherent in supporting physical school sports. Perhaps the most obvious advantage that could be touted is inclusivity – eSports is seen as accessible […]
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