eSports may find way into schools soon

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  • Thursday, 08 Feb 2018

New generation of sports: Kamalanathan encouraged schools to form their own eSports clubs but within their means for now. — Bloomberg

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry is mulling the possibility of incorporating eSports into the school syllabus or co-curriculum.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said it is in talks with the Youth and Sports Ministry on the best way to implement this.

“I’ve been informed that Youth and Sports is planning a module to be presented to our ministry. We are open to all suggestions.

“In my opinion, the syllabus has to be something that can be changed and improved upon to match the times,” he told Astro Awani when met at the launch of Battle Arena here.

Battle Arena is a new gaming centre that is claimed to be the largest eSports club in the South-East Asian region, with 114 high-end gaming PCs, dedicated streaming booths and VIP rooms for professional teams to practise.

He said the talks were also to determine which approach was easier to introduce eSports in schools – as a new syllabus, or in the co-curriculum.

Kamalanathan was responding to queries regarding Indonesia’s introduction of eSports as a subject in SMA 1 PKSD, a high school in Jakarta.

According to a report by CNN Indonesia, the school is also offering scholarships to students pursuing eSports careers.

Kamalanathan encouraged schools to form their own eSports clubs, acknowledging that there are limitations in manpower and finances.

“If there is space, they can introduce and promote eSports, but (only) within their means for now,” he added.

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