As esports surge in popularity in schools around Australia, there is still a relatively limited understanding into the specifics of how they fit into the overall education system.
But now the Australian Esports Association (AESA), RMIT University and South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, are probing into the issue.
A brief survey targeted at parents and educators aims to better understand the nature of esports in Australian schools.
“By gathering information around who, how and when esports is being played across our high schools, we will gain insight into this growing sector and the role government, schools and the community can play in developing the necessary policy, planning and wellbeing tools to ensure positive outcomes for all young people involved,” said Connolly.
Currently, there are a number of major esports tournaments available for Australia students to compete it, including the Australian Esports League High School Cup, League of Legends High School League and Flaktest High School Esports Tournaments such as Overwatch, Rocket League, Dota2 and Counter Strike.
The growing global recognition of esports – shown by the sums of prize money available in tournaments – has made esports a realistic career option.
The upcoming Fortnite World Cup will hand the solo winner $US3 million in prize money.
It also now offers students a pathway into university, following the Queensland University of Technology's announcement it would offer five $10,000 scholarships to League of Legend gamers.
AESA President Darren Kwan said the research survey would help sustain the growth of esports in Australia.
“Esports is growing rapidly and can provide the same positive social benefits to students as traditional sports without many of the typical barriers to entry,” said Kwan.
“Understanding how youth are engaging with esports will help improve the overall governance, growth and environment of esports for both players and the community.”
To complete the survey, click here.
Participants must be over 18 years old.