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Your kids could learn to play at school – and you should be happy about it

Your kids could learn to play at school - and you should be happy about it

If I had told my parents that I wanted to study competitive gaming in college, I can only imagine the explosive reaction I would have felt. Fortunately, public opinion on gambling has changed considerably since I left school in 2010, and an interesting twist of fate meant that my younger brother actually experienced this hypothetical scenario late last year. when he announced he was going to study esports. To my surprise, I was the only family member to object to the idea.

For those not in the know, esports is short for “electronic sports” which refers to competitive video games. I harbored the same reservations that I assumed my parents would have – that the chances of a career as a “professional player” were slim and that pursuing such a dream was too risky. I tentatively suggested safer (albeit more boring) course options that I thought would offer more useful job skills, but I was quickly rejected not only by the rest of my siblings, but also by my two parents.