This week, our homework is Talk Time: Should children be encouraged to take part in eSports.
Recently, two British teenagers we incredibly successful at an e Sports Gaming World Cup – a sixteen year old won £2.6 million. The enormous prize money has made some people question whether children should be encouraged to get involved in eSports.
The prize money earnt at the competition raised a few issues: whether rewarding children with enormous cash sums is right; the fact that, to be a world champion at eSports, you have to spend a lot of time practising – time spent sitting still, not doing physical exercise; the definition of sport, and whether eSports is a real sport.
However, one thing we know for sure is that eSports is becoming hugely popular worldwide. It now has a regular audience of around 300 million people. In total, fans spend 6.6 billion hours a year watching eSports – up from 1.3 billion hours in 2012. There’s big money in it, too. It is predicted that eSports will generate £1 billion worldwide by 2020, thanks to sponsorship, advertising and broadcast deals. But the eSports audience is quite narrow. Industry experts reckon that around 60% of American eSports viewers are young, aged 18-34. Traditional sports, such as football or rugby, tend to have a much wider age range of fans. The International Olympic Committee has already met to discuss introducing eSports to the Olympics. They decided against doing it for now but have not ruled it out for the future.
Is eSports a positive, sociable, fun activity that kids should be encouraged to get involved in?
Or, do they do more harm than good for youngsters?
Children should discuss this question at home with an adult and be ready to debate this during our homework review by Thursday 09 October 2019.