Video games have always been very popular since they were first invented way back in the 1970s. However, they have only become more popular as the years have gone by. They are now a multi-billion dollar business around the world. Video characters like Pac Man, Mario and Donkey Kong have become iconic. Playing video games has also turned into a way for people to make a lot of money. There are people who are known as competitive gamers who have sponsors and massive followings on social media. They participate in competitions held around the world. The winners of these competitions can win a considerable amount of money.
It was only a matter of time until competitive video game playing, known as esports, made its way into high schools around the United States. That time is now. There are now eight states in the country where esports are recognized as an actual varsity sport. New York University is now offering scholarships for esports. It is now possible for a person to have his or her college education paid for because they play video games. The explosion of esports over the past year has been credited to the enormous popularity of the game Fortnite. It has become one of the most popular online games in history in a very short period of time.
Things have become so huge in the world of esports that State Farm insurance has now signed a professional video game player to an endorsement deal. This is the first time they have done this in the history of the company. A representative from the company said that this is a sign of the times. He could never have envisioned State Farm signing a video game player to endorse their products one year ago. However, the millions of viewers of esports have changed everything. Companies want to jump on the bandwagon.
High schools in more states are starting to have esports competitions. This trend shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. More states will certainly come on board and make esports a varsity sport. Kids who played video games were not taken seriously until recently. However, the players who are really good have the chance to make a very nice living by playing professionally. Kids who are not good enough to play professionally will at least have a varsity sport that they will be able to put on their college application.