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New Mexico high school video games ‘sport’ set to expand – Education Week

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico high school students may get a chance to compete in a new statewide sport — video games.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a proposal to form an e-sports team.

The move comes after the New Mexico Activities Association kicked off the inaugural e-sports season last month.

Athletic Director Mark Gallegos said around 40 schools are taking part in the e-sports season.

Portales Municipal Schools data coordinator J.D. Mead says e-sports would offer students who aren’t as athletically inclined to develop the same team-building skills as students who participate in traditional sports.

Superintendent Johnnie Cain says the e-sports team could result in some students increasing their academic efforts in order to ensure eligibility.


Information from: The Eastern New Mexico News,

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