High school students can now opt for e-sports and traditional sports
This fall students at Massachusetts high schools from the Berkshires to Boston will be among the first in the nation to have a new sport to choose from – esports, or competitive video gaming.
Esports in high schools, such as Ralph C. Mahar Regional in Orange are the result of an exclusive partnership announced earlier this month between PlayVS, a Los Angeles-based venture-backed start-up whose mission is to build the country’s software infrastructure forhigh school esports, and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), of which the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) is a member.
“Having an activity where students come together as a team, work toward a shared purpose with pride in their school is a key part of building a community,” said Mahar Co-Principal Eric Dion. “The students are already there and active in esports so adding this opportunity is a big, big plus.”