Tennis is on the curriculum as is gymnastics and there is obviously going to be soccer. But computer games? Surely that’s what teenagers do after school, when they’re lounging around at home, disobeying their parents’ calls to come to dinner.
No doubt that is part of the reason why, when Arlanda highschool, in the Swedish town of Märsta, first introduced computer games – they call it e-sports – interest was enormous, headmaster Andreas Eriksson told the audience at this year’s Gamescom computer fair in Cologne in western Germany. More than 100 teenagers applied for the first class, who would learn about online games in two to three lessons a week. The first class could only have eight students.
“It’s definitely fun to be the first to do this,” Mr. Eriksson said in Cologne. “But it’s certainly not easy.”
While other schools in Sweden and Norway are considering introducing the subject, German educators remain skeptical. Although there was a lot of interest in Mr. Eriksson’s talk, no German school plan to include e-sports in their curriculum yet.