Esports has become a legitimate competitive sport professionally, in colleges and in high schools. $16 million dollars in college scholarships were given to 65,000 players from 17,000 high schools last year. Over 200 college and universities offer esports programs with scholarship assistance.
Involvement in esports is feeding a career pipeline beyond professional players that includes content creation, programming, software & hardware production, streaming, management, marketing, sales, operations, customer service and more.
Now first-time gamers and their parents can have the guidance they needed to start gaming at an early age. The founders of Gold Medal Esports come from a successful career in coaching student athletes in traditional sports. This history provides an understanding of the need to personally nurture players as individuals and the importance of the parent-child relationship in success. As early as 7yrs old, a gamer can be born in our program. Not just to play games, but to develop useful skills for life.
Increase critical thinking
Decreases in absenteeism
Improved interpersonal communication
Increased interest in STEM careers
There is a difference between esports and playing video games. The negative stereotypes and stigmas of video games do not apply to the world of esports and have been proven inaccurate in many studies. One myth is that only “nerdy” kids play games. This couldn’t be further from the truth! As times change, so does pop culture and games are at the forefront nowadays.
The world’s most famous streamer, Ninja, has played videogames with Drake, Travis Scott, and DeadMaus, to name a few. Kids who are elite at videogames are the popular kids nowadays as eSports grows in popularity.
Video games inciting violence in kids is another example of a baseless myth. According to PBS, the juvenile crime rate has been historically low in America for the past 30 years. The video game revolution has decreased violence amongst kids if anything! Games and other sources of media provide an outlet for kids to let their emotions loose, for good or for bad. Just like how people go on runs or use punching bags or stress balls, kids can use gaming as their outlet.
Aside from developing cognitive skills, video games are also proven to feature manual skills development. The ability of video games to develop a wide variety of skills is interesting for education or training providers, particularly when trying to teach difficult to engage groups of people.
Playing video games has also shown to develop problem solving, spatial and hand-eye coordination skills, as well as vision and speed skills. Adolescents that played role- playing and strategic-based games show increased problem-solving skills. Children playing any type of video game show with increased creativity. Video games can teach timing skills, as the timing of a move is crucial in video games. Puzzle games can teach organization skills, while resource management is another key skill in video games as many games provide a player with a limited amount of resources which need to be rationed to complete the game. Finally, video games also teach players how to use the controls of their device.
Dangers, real and imagined, exist for kids online. It’s important that you do everything that you can to make your child’s online experience safe. Luckily, consoles and computers have built in parental controls that can be used to vet and control what kids see online and what sites they are allowed to visit. Our coaches stand ready to guide you through proper ways to set up parental controls for your kids today!
Many parents are concerned that their kids have very little social interaction while playing video games. Parents worry their children will not know how to connect with others and will become increasingly disconnected socially. Most children will start console gaming around the same time they start reading and writing. But they start alone without connecting to other gamers online.
Often parents want to delay online gaming until their child is around 10 years old (or older) for numerous reasons, including safety concerns, fears about social isolation, and concerns about a lack of physical activity. We are here to guide parents through this process and show them how gaming can actually be beneficial in a number of ways at an early age. We encourage parents to be active participants involved through the entire process and join the fun!
Were you ever amazed how a little child can just pick up a phone or tablet and start navigating the apps? Kids are developing tech skills younger and younger. While old past views claim that playing video games is intellectually lazy, studies have shown that such play strengthens a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory, and perception, according to several studies documented in American Psychologist. A 2013 meta-analysis found that playing shooter video games improved a player’s capacity to think about objects in three dimensions just as well as academic courses designed to enhance these same skills. Playing video games may also help children develop problem-solving skills. According to the long-term study, the more adolescents reported playing strategic video games, such as role-playing games, the more they improved in problem solving and their school grades improved.
Parents struggle with getting their children off the couch and into physical activities. Our coaches will stress the importance of exercise to become a good gamer. Competitive pros have physical training regimens as well as mental training. Our teaching system will have exercise incentives to motivate the gamers to achieve strength skills as well as gaming skills. Making exercise fun is our specialty.
Video games can provide kids with an outlet to get away from reality in a healthy way. This is especially useful for young kids going through anxiety and depression. The confidence and creativity they gain from playing games is something that no amount of medication can accomplish. Video games have been used to help people suffering from brain injuries, train or retrain cognitive and motor functions, and just recently doctors have recognized video games as a serious way to combat ADHD in children.