The early days of gaming at school

Remember when video games were just starting to make their way out onto the playground at school? Everyone would gather under the shade of a nearby tree or structure and watch their classmate play one of the classic games. Questions were asked and quickly answered about the amazing machines and usually consisted of where can I get one, or what are you playing? It was a magical time in the world of video games, but it was only the start.

Whether it was the Nintendo Game Boy that was super portable and home to the Pokémon franchise or the Sega game gear, which touted Sonic as their mascot, you were having a fun time. So fun of a time in fact that teachers often had to confiscate the games and give them back at the end of the day due to how distracting they were.

Esports leagues becoming common at school?

FastForward to 2020 however and a lot of has changed. Not only have video games become a mainstay on campuses in one form or another, but it has also prompted the beginning of organized video game leagues. That’s right! Move over Friday night football, Fortnite, Overwatch, and League of Legends can all eventually become organized sports at school as well.

In fact, one school district in Florence South Carolina has launched an esports league, which will allow schools to play each other in various gaming tournaments. The games will take place in a state-of-the-art facility
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