More than 60 schools in Dallas ISD are welcoming eSports, competitive electronic video gaming, as an extracurricular activity.
An overwhelming amount of interest from students in eSports inspired the student’s activities department to consider bring the program to 64 campuses.
More than 300 students attended the DISD eSports kickoff program that was held on Saturday, Sept. 21.
At DISD’s board briefing, much enthusiasm about the program was expressed. It will serve both middle and high school students.
Student activities director Sharla Hudspeth told students in her presentation that over 250 universities and colleges currently offer eSports scholarships.
“This will get hundreds of our students – who are not involved in any other activities – working together and having fun, being part of a team, and reaping the benefits of extracurricular activities,” said Hudspeth.
Not only does eSports allow children who are interested to be able to possibly pay for college with the program, but it is also a way to make money as well. According to an article on Reuters.com, global revenues for eSports will hit $1.1 billion in 2019.
The program will be separated into the Middle School Club League and High School Competitive League. Middle School students will compete in the Rocket League and Super Smash while high school kids will compete in League of Legends, Rocket League, and Super Smash.