This story is about a growing phenomenon that is taking over the world. Millions of people are coming together to participate in this popular sport. Esports are bringing people together in a way no one saw coming.
Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Video games are a huge part of many students’ daily routines. Students and even adults use them to relax from the stress of school, hang out with friends, and more.
Seven out of 10 high schoolers either play or watch video games about four hours a day, seven days a week. Popular games such as Fortnite, League of Legends, and Overwatch consume most of these teenagers’ time.
“I love video games because it is a way to escape from reality,” said LRHS sophomore Josh McManis.
A new game just released in the app store, Mario Kart Tour, is a huge hit in high schools everywhere. Students at LRHS have been playing the game since its release on Sept. 25.
“I’m obsessed, that’s it. Nintendo brought back an older game and made it ten times better,” said sophomore Julianna Mccarter.
Sophomore Eli Johnson said, “I remember playing the game when I was younger and now, I can play it again in a new way.”
Another popular video game is Fortnite, which is a survival game where 100 players fight against each other in player versus player combat to be the last one standing.
Released July 21, 2017, the game became popular with high school and middle school students.
“At first I didn’t understand the hype around the game, but then I played with my cousin and I haven’t stopped since,” said freshman Jack Grayson.
Sophomore Luke Brown said, “I’ve been playing for two years and I’m still addicted.”
Although released over 10 years ago, Minecraft is still a very popular video game.
“It’s my favorite, it never gets old,” freshman Gianna O’Grady said about the game.
Throughout the years video games have changed and the number of esport players has risen drastically. One thing is for sure though, video games will continue to be relevant and the amount of esport players will probably continue to rise.