Is esports beneficial?
Case studies have shown evidence for improvements in decision making faculties and many social, emotional and cognitive benefits have been linked with gaming. Gamification has become an increasingly popular way to effectively teach difficult subjects - DuoLingo, the most popular language learning platform in the world, helps millions of learners actively engage with language education every day by presenting lessons through game progression.
Esports can facilitate social interactions that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible. It opens the possibility to engage, play, learn, and make friends with people from across the world - people who may not even speak the same language!
In a book published by the MIT Press, “Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers and Play”, Mitchel Resnick illustrates the explosive growth of Silicon Valley and how it can be traced to a fundamental repossession of ‘learning through play’ - a concept present in the early years of fundamental human learning, but strangely absent in later schooling. Through in-depth studies of leading technology companies as well as school grounds, he concludes that projects fueled by passionate community play can result in truly innovative results.
Esports is also an equalizer. It’s rapidly increasing popularity may largely be attributed to the unique accessibility it offers; age, sex and many physical handicaps that normally prevent athletes from competing on an even field can be nullified in a digital arena. Esports is often lauded as the sport for everyone.
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