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Caddo Parish, NSU host e-sports programs for students

Students in Caddo Parish schools, and at NSU, can play video game competitively through...
Students in Caddo Parish schools, and at NSU, can play video game competitively through e-sports programs.(Colin Baillie)
Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 1:42 PM CDT
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(KSLA) - Caddo Parish Public Schools is hosting an e-sports program at Caddo Magnet High School.

They work with Contender Sports Gaming Center in Shreveport to help facilitate teams and tournaments. E-sports is an industry in which people compete against each other playing video games.

“Caddo Parish started their e-sports program last year, and they fully sponsored our program off the ground to a full gaming facility,” said R.J. Middleton, principal of Caddo Magnet High School.

Some of the most common games people play at these competitions are Call of Duty, Rocket League, and League of Legends.

High school students who participate can earn scholarships and continue playing in college.

It’s a full-time commitment to gaming where students have to maintain a certain GPA, just like they were playing on a sports team. For some gamers, college could be their next step at becoming a professional.

“There are some kids on scholarship this semester and we do have scholarships available for students as long as they meet the requirements on set,” said Chance Creppel, coordinator of Competitive Sports and E-Sports coach.

Northwestern State University is one of 170 colleges and universities that offers the program. NSU offers a business minor in gaming and is continuing to grow it’s program.

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