Schools with esports programs expose students to teambuilding and problem-solving as well as potential career opportunities.

3 simple things you can do to start an esports program

Schools with esports programs expose students to teambuilding and problem-solving as well as potential career opportunities

Having a projector display offers teams a large, affordable, and potentially collaborative experience from a single device, whether it’s watching players in action or instructing and annotating on lessons. Static displays can be used to watch live feeds and playback gameplay for review and critique. Interactive displays allow teams to work together to make notes on content and playbooks and stop video to annotate for coaching purposes.

These technologies are often already available in a school building and they can be utilized after school hours like other sports programs.

The “arena”

People typically think of esports programs as having some kind of an arena or theater for practicing or events, but it is totally unnecessary. There are many spaces already within a school or campus that can be utilized for hosting an esports team or club. Schools can utilize a media center, for instance. Many higher education institutions, including the esports program at Fresno State, one of the top esports programs in the nation, set up their esports program in a regular classroom and don’t see the need for something high-end.

Once those planning for esports realize they don’t need a fancy space, it is much easier to envision where an esports program will take place.

The people
The people involved in esports are the third spoke in a successful program. A school first needs to find a faculty member, parent volunteer, or coach who it is willing to support the program.

And, just like other sports programs or clubs in a school, once students get wind of an esports team starting at a school, schools will be surprised by how many students want to participate. Schools can add jobs like videographer, announcer, and marketer to the team as well to help share competitions with the student body.

The future of esports
When people think of esports, they typically think of the players. It is much bigger than that, however. There are so many opportunities for students to get involved in esports beyond playing. For students interested in math, there are opportunities as game analysts. Or for students interested in journalism, there are opportunities as broadcast reporters.

So many schools are introducing esports programs, not just because of the initial benefits such as teamwork-building skills, communication skills, and problem-solving skills, but because the industry is continuing to grow and the potential career opportunities are everywhere for students.

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