eSports are making its way into the frontlines of high school competitive activities amongst conventional team sports

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eSports are making its way into the frontlines of high school competitive activities amongst conventional team sports

An inside look at what eSports can entail in terms of equipment and set up. Taken from the inside of the local, Glitch Gaming Lounge.

An inside look at what eSports can entail in terms of equipment and set up. Taken from the inside of the local, Glitch Gaming Lounge.

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An inside look at what eSports can entail in terms of equipment and set up. Taken from the inside of the local, Glitch Gaming Lounge.

Courtesy of yelp.com

Courtesy of yelp.com

An inside look at what eSports can entail in terms of equipment and set up. Taken from the inside of the local, Glitch Gaming Lounge.

Caitlin Gast, Staff Writer

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The simple art of kicking or throwing a ball may be replaced by something entirely different in your schools: eSports. VentureBeat defines eSports as “a new type of sports competition.”

eSports is a world of competitive video gaming that is very swiftly growing into a type of ‘sport’. Many streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube have made popular gamers able to make a seven-figure salary along with many big brand deals that have separate compensation.

With this new era of YouTubers being almost as famous as the Kardashians, it’s not much of a surprise that the attention of the masses have shifted to gaming streams. Whether it’s just the occasional Fortnite stream or religiously watching one of your favorite streamers, it seems as if everyone knows about eSports.

Now, schools are taking notice of this increasingly growing genre of “sport.” According to VentureBeat, many schools have already begun to take part in the gaming community with a whopping 400 universities participating in some type of eSports competition.

Not only are various colleges taking part in these competitions, they are awarding scholarships to winners. For example, when a team wins a championship match at one of these tournaments, Lawrence Tech, in Detroit, grants each member of the team a $16,000 scholarship to their school.

Some schools are even adding eSports to their athletics. However, many argue that sitting behind a screen is not the same as battling over a ball face to face.

“I think it’s a cool way for people with other interests than physical sports to come together and do something they enjoy along with their peers,” sophomore Abby Gernon said.

Will other students follow suit to Gernon on their opinion on eSports, allowing it to make their way into mainstream high school culture? Only time will tell.