Video games are now a Legitimate High School Sport


Gone are the days when students were discouraged from playing video games like those on
Betway, these days students support themselves and their families with it and are even considering making it a tangible career goal.


Some schools in the US have supported their dreams and have approved of Competitive video game playing, also known as esports, as a high school varsity sport. Pro players can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and compete for millions of dollars in prizes the same way adults do use Betway. Eight states – Georgia, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas charter schools agreed in the fall of 2018, to approve of esports.



A competition was staged between two schools in Georgia, North Atlantic High School and Grady High School also in Atlanta. CNN was invited anyone the games held at the city's newest exports arena which opened in February as part of the Johnson STEM Activity Center. The global esports market is predicted to produce more than $1 billion revenue in 2019, according to research firm Newzoo.


The researchers also estimate that the esports audience will reach 454 million
this year. Two teams of students with six players each had a face off in a video game called " Smite," one of the three high-school-sanctioned sports games which can also be found on Betway, in which they battle each other as gods and other mythological characters. Brian Prokes, the centre 's executive director stated that the facility aims to provide a level playing field and give anybody in an opportunity to compete. He said they will stand by any two schools that do not have the facilities to host a five-on-five tournament.


The regular esports season runs until the end of April, while the playoffs and finals start in May. Some universities such as New York University and the University of California, Irvine are now offering scholarships for video games. This implies that the career trajectory for esports is becoming similar to traditional sports than it had been before – from high school and college to professional. Prokes said that all they want to do is to encourage the kids in a hobby that they' re passionate about and give them a pathway to a career in the future whether as a professional video game player or in a STEM career that will help create future games. Some of these video gamers are now being signed into endorsement deals that were once reserved for the likes of Lebron James and Tom Brady.


Benjamin Lupo is one of those gamers. He is known in the gaming community as ' Dr Lupo&#39. He plays professionally and his gameplay is streamed to an audience of more than 7 million followers. He's the first individual esports athlete to sign an endorsement deal with State Farm. Lupo thanks Fortnite for playing the big part in blowing his scene and making him lucky. Fortnite became an international video game sensation in 2018.

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