Richards brings to light opportunities for technology-related career paths that students and educators are finding in the growing Esports industry. Richards explains how modern esports games like Fortnite and League of Legends, require players to manage multiple economies, respond with split-second reaction times, and communicate with groups of players like a team of navy seals. Just like Rock and Roll in the 70s, the esports movement may come as a shock to some parents and educators.
We now live a world where anyone with a high-speed internet connection has an honest chance to compete on the world esports stage. Paul draws on a recent esports tournament which included a 100% student-run broadcast team in NYC. Richards teams up with the Center for Educational Innovation Esports program along with a host of other schools to provide real-world perspectives on what is working in esports and education today. As educators continue to embrace the esports movement students will benefit from learning opportunities that are fueled by passion, excitement, and opportunity. Richards outlines the history of video game studies to help illustrate the fundamental research parents and educators should understand in terms of video game literacy.
Simple strategies can greatly increase the educational value kids can garner from their video gaming experiences. Engaging students and preparing them for their interactions in the online world is perhaps the best way of shepherding the youth toward a positive future. This book serves as a wonderful guide and shareable reference for students, parents and educators alike.