ESports are among the fastest growing hobbies across the globe. As the rise of competitive video gaming crests, the sophistication and training behind the world’s best with consoles continues to grow.
Leave it to the Scandinavians to lead the way.
As reported by Arstechnica and Geek.com, a Norwegian high school is now instituting eSports training as part of its official curriculum. The Garnes Vidaregåande Skule will include eSports with some 30-odd students specializing in a single game and training on its different levels for five hours each week. The school will provide high-end, up-to-date PCs, though only 15 of the course’s students will play in each class period. The other 15 will focus that period on physical training, with training for reflexes, strength, and endurance.
Fittingly, all grading for students will eventually be determined by performance in competition. If all goes according to plan, that competition will lead to places on top-flight Dota2 teams and with other competitive gaming groups, so long as they can hold off students educated under a similar plan from a school in Sweden. What a brave new world we live in.