So remember when I said ESPN now has an eSports section? Yahoo! is getting one too, soon. With dedicated staff. Now, it is as if you DON'T have an eSports section on your website, it's a competitive disadvantage.
KoopaTV will not be having an eSports section anytime soon. An article every so often is more than enough.
|I guess there will now be an E section. Or maybe it'll be a lowercase e.|
By the way, their Games section is much like ours, except they have garbage instead of greatness.
In other news, apparently I'm supposed to be spelling it as “esports”, according to Super Smash Bros. Melee player MacD. He didn't respond to my question, and if you notice, every source cited in this article spells it as eSports.
@SPY_MacD Is that a fact or your opinion? We have a style guide to manage here and JUST published an article on esports spelling it eSports.— KoopaTV (@TheREALKoopaTV) January 25, 2016
If you have any insights as to what's correct, let me know. We'll update everything on the site.
But you know what else is being updated? (Or downgraded, depending on your viewpoint?)
According to this report, some Scandinavian schools are offering eSports classes as an optional alternative to the traditional gym class. These include Norway's Garnes High School & Folk High School, and Sweden's Arlanda Gymnasiet school. There will be 5 hours dedicated to eSports training for the 30-hour school week. That is an hour of eSports a day.
Gym class didn't even last an hour when I was in school, and it wasn't even everyday.
You know, Europe has abysmally high obesity rates, and I'm not sure people outside of Europe realise that. I tried to let people know the truth when I wrote about the Splatoon Splatfest for Team Eating vs. Team Sleeping. You see the map in that article? Scandinavia is the collection of countries in the upper-centre of the map with the over 60% overweight+obese population.
Denmark literally imposed a fat tax at one point to try to deal with the problem, but like a lot of government social engineering, it flopped.
And that's with an hour of gym class every day that can be optionally replaced with eSports. While physical activity will be a component of the eSports training regiment, if actual gym class won't be enough physical exercise for these kids, and eSports class can only mean less exercise...
...I'm just wondering if fat taxes and eSports instead of gym is another thing about democratic socialism that Bernie Sanders will want to get from Scandinavia. He already appeals to college kids with offers of free tuition — next he'll appeal to fat nerdy elementary schoolers with offers of playing videogames instead of going to gym class!
Update 2/14/2016: But as we'll see, even European socialists want money:
There's some more data we can use for this article, and it again comes from a Splatfest. For New Years, Europe had Team Fit vs. Team Rich, or Fitness vs. Money. Fitness won, but not by popular vote.
|More people supported getting rich than getting fit, but the fit folks won more often.|
While this helps Wii Fit Trainer mains stay ahead of Wario mains, it speaks to what's going on here: Europeans would rather focus on making big bucks than staying healthy. They would rather eat a ton than get sleep, as shown in Eating vs. Sleeping.
It's very much more difficult to get money as a professional athlete than as an eSports athlete. They're both very hard, but you need connections and stuff for sports. You need skills for eSports, first and foremost.
Here's the thing, though: While gym class helps you out regardless of whether you want to be a professional athlete, or just a regular average person... eSports class only helps you out if you want to get out of gym class, or think you'll be the next eSports phenom. Exactly what would a classroom teacher be able to teach you about how to be an eSports star is beyond me.
Ludwig didn't enjoy gym class for the most part, but it was pivotal to a lot of memorable moments. These include his legendary dodgeball technique of being the only one left on the team (where he was picked last), dodge every ball, and then stall for the rest of class as all the balls would be on his side and he wouldn't throw any of them, forcing a tie. Dodgeball has since been removed from school curricula worldwide. Do you have gym class stories, and do you think these are more memorable and educational than an eSports story could be? Share in the comments!
For a legitimate use of using videogames in an educational setting, see Minecraft: Education Edition or MinecraftEDU.
This gym class lends support that eSports are sports.