The newest sanctioned sport by the Georgia High School Association isn’t played under the lights on a Friday night or in a packed gymnasium on a weekend.
At least not yet.
Although video games have been around for decades, the popularity and participation of Esports has boomed in recent years and, this past fall, the GHSA made its first foray in the world of video gaming through a partnership with PlayVS, an official high school Esports league that is beginning to grow its roots nationwide.
Georgia is one of eight states to make Esports an official school team sport, complete with a state championship, while five other states offered Esports this past fall as a club sport.
Heritage High School was among those to offer up Esports to its students and the Generals fielded two teams, both of which advanced to the 64-team field for the first GHSA Esports state playoffs after 12 regular-season league matches. The Red Generals were eliminated in a close loss in the Round of 32, while the Blue Generals also fell in a tough match after advancing to the Round of 16.
See more at NWGAnews.