INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING
HOW BLACKROC HELPS?
At Blackroc Gaming, we provide a turnkey solutions to IHL's. Our goal is to grow your program by bringing in more students and sponsorships while also building your esports team.
What Does BlackRoc Gaming Provide?
"We offer access to over 2Million Students nationwide who has a interest in esports as a career."
How Does Esports Work for Colleges and Universities?
Esports in Schools Brings Success to More Students
Esports in Schools Fosters STEM Learning
Inclusion is Good for Students and the Community
Esports in Schools Expands College and Career Opportunities
1. Esports in Schools Brings Success to More Students
Teens are all about gaming. In 2018, the Pew Research Center reported that 97% of teen boys and 83% of teen girls played video games. Some of these teens are involved in school sports and clubs. Many, however, are not. By offering esports as an extracurricular activity, schools reach students who often are otherwise disengaged from the school community. Esports in schools can transport these kids from the solitary world of digital gaming into the common space of the school computer lab or library commons. These otherwise uninvolved students join the ranks of their successfully involved peers: More likely to be engaged during classes. More likely to graduate. More likely to aspire to higher education. And less likely to suffer and spread the harms of feeling out of sync with their school community.
2. Inclusion is Good for Students and the Community
Gaming can be an isolating pastime. When students can join a school esports team, it becomes a social experience. Without a school esports club, passionate gamers often feel left out of mainstream school social life. Organized esports bring these kids into the fold. It can help them become accepted and respected members of their school community.
The feelings of acceptance gained through joining school activities like esports safeguard students’ physical as well as mental health. For one thing, strong social connections boost immune function. Conversely, those who feel excluded sleep more poorly. This can take a toll on student health, leading to more missed school and negative academic outcomes.
3. Esports in Schools Fosters STEM Learning
Esports and STEM go hand-in-hand. Students who are drawn to gaming are often equally captivated by the broader technology ecosystem. Sponsors at both the high school and college levels report that a substantial number of their esports participants are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Often, it’s proportionally larger than the student population as a whole. In 2018, for example, Riot Games director of collegiate esports said that nearly two-thirds of their League of Legends players were majoring in STEM fields. That’s a notable jump from the 45% of all undergraduates in 2015 that planned to study STEM. Offering esports as an extracurricular activity is a great way for high schools to encourage students to pursue careers in lucrative STEM-related fields.
4. Esports in Schools Expands College and Career Opportunities
We know that involved students are more likely to go on to higher education. Beyond this benefit, esports, in particular, provides students with added options for their next steps in life. Sports teams need a range of support personnel to operate. From professional sports teams to local intramural programs, teams need more than just players. This can include managers, marketing staff, technology and finance professionals, medical staff and recruiters. So it is with esports. Projected at the pro level to eclipse the NBA by 2021, esports offers rapidly growing career opportunities.
How To Get Started?
Tell us about your university/college and share with us where your institution is regarding esports. We are also looking for more IHL partners to join the growing network of schools in the USA.