Harassment and injuries from excessive play are among challenges facing most scholastic esports programs

Addressing the 800-pound gorillas in scholastic esports


Harassment and injuries from excessive play are among challenges facing most scholastic esports programs

Plenty of organizations and researchers speak about the positive qualities of scholastic esports. I personally see those benefits. But many are unwilling to discuss the two 800-pound gorillas that every school or university faces. These substantive challenges prevent esports from being a healthy and inclusive environment for all students.

First, esports can become a toxic emotional environment due to harassment and bullying during game play. Fun, spirited “trash talk” is the
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