Esports is Now a Major Subject in Norway
With eSports continuing its meteoric rise into the public psyche and towards general acceptance, a high school in Norway has just accepted competitive games as a part of their secondary education.
Garnes Videregående Skole (English: Garnes High School), a specialized public high school in Norway, has just included games such as Dota 2, League of Legends (LoL) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive into their core curriculum.
Placed into one subject, students will have five hours of class with the game of their choice added to their current load of 30 hours. The grading weight will be similar to subjects such as Math and Science, which further increases its importance in the schedule of study.
The eventual goal of the course is to create a team that can play competitively in the Norwegian scene within a space of three years. Garnes High School is a government-operated school, implying that other Norwegian public schools can support eSports in their curriculum in the future.
Sweden and Australia have already been offering eSports as an elective subject in the primary and secondary level for quite a long time now. In addition, universities in the United States have started to include games such as LoL as a part of their varsity programs.
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