According to a survey, the majority of children believe that games should be included in the school curriculum.
A survey by the gaming accessory manufacturer HyperX among 13- to 18-year-olds also found that more than half of sports competitions at their school or college want to participate. 55% said that games are a path to a future career – for example for professional gamers.
However, a similar survey of parents found that they are more cynical about the presence of games in schools. 25% agreed that this should be part of the curriculum, and 32% said they would be happy if their child entered an esports competition that the school ran.
More than eight in ten parents surveyed (86%) said they had played video games themselves.
Dr. Dieter Declercq, Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Kent, said, “Children understand how big and exciting the game industry is.
“Our children play theater and music in school. Why not video games?
“Our research shows that half of children consider sport a real sport, and 70% of parents think playing is a way to improve skills such as problem-solving, multitasking, and decision-making.
“Modern gaming clearly has an educational value.
“In addition, children want to actively participate in games and sports. This is not only an opportunity for socialization, but can also serve as an introduction to a booming media industry with a variety of exciting career paths such as roles in game design, audio engineering, marketing, voice acting and countless other possibilities.
“This can only be seen as positive after a year of lockdown.”
HyperX UK regional manager Dayna Sinclair said: “We have seen young people make millions playing games over the past few years.
“While not every child who plays games becomes a professional or a job in the industry, encouraging children to attend school could open up career opportunities later on.
“However, we shouldn’t judge the value of play by the job it can do to help our children land.
“Gaming is so important to society in 2021.
“It helps children socialize, talk, learn, make friends and take part in competitions. We should see play as much as we do traditional sport.
“There will be a few who make it as professionals or work in the industry, but the majority of players love to play.”