Esports is much more than sitting down and playing video games. It’s a social activity that brings students together with common interests and creates a tight-knit, inclusive community. Here are just a few of the reasons we believe esports are beneficial.
Esports exposes its participants to an abundance of STEM-related skills and topics applicable to career opportunities. The creation of video games is heavily reliant on computer science and graphic rendering processes. Esports relies on technology and the products of software development which are vital pillars of STEM. In-game, players utilize statistics, math, and asset allocation concepts on the fly to form winning strategies. Post-game, players analyze statistics to understand their performance and look for ways to improve their gameplay.
Most esports games are team-oriented; whether three members, five members, or more are required to make a team. Concepts including precise team play and strategy are utilized to win games. Teams will find collaborative solutions in varying situations through active communication.
Colleges have recently begun to offer partial to full-ride scholarships for esports. Like traditional sports, if a student excels in a game, they may be offered a scholarship to play at the collegiate level. Esports opens new pathways for obtaining a higher education.