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Video Games Take Center Stage During Pandemic

By Katie Davis Skelley/Redstone Rocket on February 16, 2021 state news Print

From the Redstone Rocket:

It is the hot new sport and its popularity is exploding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many activities for youth have been shuttered.

Esports is growing in Madison County and one local school is already dominating the competition. In December, Bob Jones High School’s Rocket League team defended its 2019 title, once again winning the state championship competition.

What is esports? Competitive, organized video gaming – and a billion-dollar industry. For high school players, it is not so different than traditional sports in the requirements for participation. Team members try out for the coveted spots and they are required to attend practices and maintain a minimum GPA. In Alabama, the sport is regulated by Alabama High School Athletic Association and sponsored by leading esports platform provider PlayVS.

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