Esports Emerges as Academic Discipline in South Korea

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South Korea is on its way to establish esports as an academic discipline and this will take place in Achyeon Polytechnic High School.
Bang Seung-ho, the principal of this school came to this idea after seeing kids, especially young boys, coming late to school, too tired and unruly, after spending the night playing video games.

He decided to solve this problem by bringing video games to the classroom. Many parents were cynical of this decision at first, but then they started realizing that esports could be a profitable profession for youngsters in this day and age.

People poked their fingers at me, but I knew this was a space the students needed,” stated Bang Seung-ho.

Although a professional gaming career could be both fun and useful, there are some risks that people need to be aware of. The World Health Organization included “gaming disorder” among the International Classification of Diseases in May. They say that excessive gaming is harmful to a child’s development since it shoves youngster’s daily activities and other interest aside.

“Students don’t really get addicted to gaming itself. It’s more that they seek shelter in gaming to run away from reality, when they fall short of parental expectations for academic achievement, or when they get bullied in school.”

“Students used to react angrily when we told them to turn off their game at the end of each session. But with counseling and guidance, students gradually learned to control the duration of their game time,” Bang Seung-ho added.


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