New Mexico is joining a handful of other states in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport – video games.
Around three dozen high schools are competing in the state’s inaugural e-sports season that began last month, and more schools may join as athletic officials consider adding a fall season.
The e-sports season, which runs from late February through mid-April, is expected to draw about 500 students who will participate in 5-on-5 matchups.
Under the rules set by the New Mexico Activities Association, students compete in three different game titles including League of Legends, Rocket League and Smite.
At least six other states – Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Georgia – allow students to compete in e-sports as an officially sanctioned high school activity.
Like many of the participating states, the New Mexico Activities Association has partnered with Santa Monica, California, startup PlayVS to serve as its e-sports provider. Schools will use the platform to compete this spring. See more at WSB.