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The Iowa High School Esports Association has three seasons for esports, Hamilton said: fall, winter, and spring. Each season lasts eight weeks and focuses on a different electronic game. Fall will be Rainbow 6, Winter will be Rocket League, and Spring will be Smite.

Since there are three seasons, students will be able to choose the one that features the game they like the most or the season that best fits their schedule, Hamilton said.

“We hope it grows so that we can form more teams in high schools and even up to college,” Hamilton said.

“Esports is the fastest growing sport in high schools across the country,” according to PlayVS, another organization that coordinates esports leagues. PlayVS sees several benefits in esports for students.

“Esports takes video gaming to another level with competitive play organized between two teams governed by its own strict set of rules and guidelines,” reads an article on the PlayVS website. “It takes critical thinking, communication, teamwork and creativity for students to be successful. “

For those who think esports gets players nowhere, think again.

“Currently, there are over 200 colleges and universities offering nearly tens of millions of dollars in scholarships,” the PlayVS website states.


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