SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The definition of a student-athlete is changing as electronic sports become more mainstream. On-campus clubs are becoming more popularly known as esports. Tens of thousands of students have found connections and opportunities through esports.
“I have always been a gamer but it was not cool when I was high school. Angelique Gianas, an English teacher at Helix Charter High School, La Mesa, California, said that she never told anyone I played games.
Gianas thought she would never find her passions in college.
The club was started five years ago. It was three children, and they wanted somewhere to play after school. I agreed, Gianas. “It was nearly impossible for me to find anyone else doing something similar when I first started. It’s definitely not in San Diego. “I couldn’t find anyone.”
Today, esports can be considered a sanctioned high-school sport.
Gianas said, “It’s helping them to develop their critical thinking, communication skills, and their emotional regulation.”
2017 was the North America Scholastic Esports FederationNASEF was founded to provide esports opportunities and support all students. The non-profit offers free registration and tournament play. It also develops a curriculum for middle schools and high schools.
NASEF also partnered with researchers from the Connected Learning LabUniversity of California, Irvine to assess and document its programs.
“It’s just a fun environment to be in. It’s exciting,” said Gianas.
The San Diego County Office of EducationIt has also supported esports management in conjunction with the county schools, districts and other community organizations.
“Some people would think all gamers are stay-at-home people – but video games are actually very interactive,” said Benjamin Garcia, a member of Helix Charter’s Gaming Aspire. You can meet new people through multi-player or online games. These people could become your lifelong friends.
Garcia hopes to study computer science in college and video game design.
So, I believe that playing video games can definitely help your career. Garcia explained how to tell a story, how the game should be made, and what graphics are needed.
Chase Ellis joined the club in his first year.
Ellis said that Esports, as a sport, is not like running around trying to catch a ball. There are parts that are entertainment and parts where you need to use your brain to think.
He set up a server to allow students to play together online, and helped maintain the club’s operations during the pandemic.
Ellis said, “Because the glory of internet networking we were all in a position to connect and still communicate.”
Butler University and other colleges are offering scholarships to students who want to study esports. The school will soon break ground on a 7,500-square foot campus. arenaTechnology and esports.
Gianas says career opportunitiesYou can go beyond professional gaming to manage a tournament organization, shoutcasting and broadcasting, video editing, management of someone if they are a streamer or accounting.
Despite the growth of this billion-dollar industry, she knows that some parents are still reluctant to let their children play.
I believe in supporting your child and letting them have fun, but also teaching them how to manage their time and control it. It’s okay to understand that it’s not all bad!
Gianas believes that the younger generation will be more inclusive and respectful, which Gianas hopes will encourage. toxicityThe industry. Over the years, many women have made allegations of bullying, sexism and sexual assault.
Gianas stated, “I believe the only way to fix it is one talking about, but two is going in that space and showing everybody that we are also here and that we are valuable too.” “A lot if girls play videogames, but they don’t want to admit that.”
Everybody is welcome within the club’s rules.
Gianas stated, “That’s what makes it worthwhile for me.” “If I can offer students a safe place and where they make friends, that’s why it’s why I am here.”