Gaming’s Path From Pastime to Athletic Endeavor
Video games may have once been shunned as a wasteful teenage hobby, but a growing number of high schools and colleges are now treating them as a serious sport.
CNN reports that competitive video game playing or esports is now offered as a varsity sport in eight states. Colleges like New York University and the University of California, Irvine now offer esport scholarships as well.
It’s hard to separate the growing respect for esports from the dollar signs. Newzoo estimates that the pro gaming industry will bring in more than $1 billion this year. The best gamers are scoring lucrative sponsorships from companies like State Farm. Those who master the trade can go on to land big careers in the STEM field.
With stakes like that, it’s game on.