During my spring break, I took the time to watch this documentary-style video. It helped me understand the world of eSports more. This semester has actually been my first introduction the sport at all, so I felt it was very eye-opening. My initial assumptions of the sport was that it was exactly what the title suggests: where PLAYING is their WORK, therefore enjoyable, fun, and lacking in the typical stresses of other athletics. The documentary helped expand my narrow view before to include all the struggles and stress.
The opening introduction the video was definitely a "hook" for me, as we refer to in education. The comparison between eSports athletes and traditional athletes was both familiar, but also shocking. Even though the physical aspects of the competition is different, there are many connections that were made between the two kinds of athletes and I appreciated this. This actually got me thinking so much that I designed a lesson to take into my fourth grade classroom. We read an article on eSports, then they discussed and wrote paragraphs about their various opinions on whether eSports athletes could be considered real athletes. It was really fun to introduce the kids to this idea, research, and formulate opinions. Not everyone agreed they could be considered real athletes, but many made the connection that there is strategy, focus, perseverance, hard work, skill, and a high level of competitive nature in the eSports world. Then, I showed the introductory clip of this video to help enhance their learning further with a visual support.
I also enjoyed the contrasting point that is made against the title. Although they are PLAYING, it is sometimes stressful, lonely, and full of insecure futures. In other words, the work isn't always "fun and games" so-to-speak. Understanding the technology complexities, behind-the-scenes workload to prepare for the events, and the people themselves better, I felt like I received a valuable education to keep my bias at bay.