Are high school esports leagues the answer to declining student engagement?

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Are Esports leagues the answer? Source: Alex Haney/Unsplash

Last year, mobile esports games generated US$15.3 billion (25 percent of total mobile game revenue), with US$5.6 billion from China alone, and another US$450 million from Greater Southeast Asia, while PC esports titles earned US$16.1 billion in revenue globally, according to the recent The Evolution Of Mobile Esports For The Mass Market report by Niko.

“There are already more gamers on the mobile platform than on PC & console combined. There are around 2.53 billion mobile gamers in the world in 2019, compared to the estimated 1 billion PC gamers and 500 million console gamers,” adds the report.

With Asian Games Market Intelligence leader Niko believing that esports tournaments will engage consumers not only as spectators but as participants, it’s no surprise that esports leagues have already lured in high school gamers and sparked the attention of educators.

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Integrating esports leagues into education. Source: Anthony Brolin/Unsplash

With multiple benefits – from professional video gamer roles to participating in a non-discriminatory community activity, since players are not required to reveal their ethnicities or socioeconomic backgrounds – there’s a lot that students can learn from esports leagues.

An innovative way to merge tech-enthusiasts with new gamers and other curious players, esports leagues have the power to heighten student engagement and amplify student attendance numbers.

One annual esports league could result in weekly high school tournaments, regular after-school training sessions and interactive gaming seminars.

And by providing computer labs that easily transform into gaming hubs, high schools can ensure their facilities are being used effectively.

Not only do esports leagues enhance on-campus connections, they also bring students from nearby schools and international schools together through the magic of the internet.

Take the High School Esports League (HSEL) association as a prime example.

Bringing rewarding esports competitions to schools around the world, HSEL educates high schools on the fundamental ingredients for an esports league’s success.

“Esports encourages communication and coordination among student athletes. By playing games, students can deepen their levels of interaction and communicate more effectively, readying them for later life,” they explain.

The HSEL also offers scholarships to help students pay for university degrees, which creates a new viable path to higher education.

Not only do esports leagues promote student engagement in school, they also inspire students to consider university and take their passions further with an esports degree.

And with the esports trend rocketing, there’s no knowing how many high schools will encourage students to learn about the tricks of this trade.

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