Video games are not a sport in a traditional sense, however esports is new type of activity that brings high school students from across the country together to develop team building skills, communication, as well as coordination; and it is now an official varsity sport at Floyd County Schools.
Esports already has a presence in Georgia with a league founded in Dalton as well as several in the Atlanta area. Craig Ellison, the executive director of technology and media services at Floyd County Schools, said this new sport is sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association and will allow teams from across the state to play each other without leaving their school.
“With this being a new electronic sport you don’t have to be on the same physical field,” Ellison said. “You can be on a virtual team.”