The Army National Guard will help bring esports labs into high schools

midian182

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A hot potato: The US Army's relationship with esports has been an uneasy one, but that hasn't stopped branches of the military from becoming more involved in the industry. The latest move has seen Generation Esports announce a partnership with the Army National Guard, as well as Asus and Intel, to install esports gaming labs in 25 US high schools.

The selected High School Esports League-affiliated schools will receive an esports lab that includes six gaming PCs packed with 10th-Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics cards. They'll also get monitors, mechanical keyboards, wireless headsets, and gaming mice. Additionally, one of the schools will receive "a full internet infrastructure upgrade" from Extreme Networks to make it more suitable for esports.

Generation Esports president Jason Kirby said that esports labs can be expensive, so the initiative will give schools an opportunity they might not otherwise have. "With this project we not only teach students life-long lessons on computer building and maintenance, but also give them the opportunity to get hands-on experience of Esport gaming, potentially setting them up for a future career."

Students will be taught how to build and maintain the esports labs when setup begins in Spring 2021.

Kirby added that partner representatives, including members of the National Guard and its esports team, will be going into schools to provide advice on STEM-related career choices and programs.

Schools can opt-out of the National Guard attending their locations. If not, its esports teams will take part in exhibition matches at certain schools, and reps will "speak to the benefits of pursuing STEM-related careers in the National Guard," reports PC Gamer.

Interested schools can apply here. Applications are open until January 31, and those selected will be announced by February 15.

In July, the US Army's Twitch channel was reprimanded by the platform for using fake game controller giveaways to direct people to recruitment forms. It was also accused of violating viewers' First Amendment rights after banning users who asked about its favorite war crimes. It led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking out against the channel, which returned in August with barely many moderation.

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Uncle Al

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A good idea and a great way to promote the Guard. It's amazing that large companies like General Dynamics, General Electric and a host of others haven't jumped on this. The best way to promote your company for the future is to impress the up and coming generations. Just ask Microsoft, by giving away so much software in the early years they got most people used to their OS and beat Apple out of the early competition despite the desirability of Apple.
 

psycros

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So now the US military is promoting VIDEO GAMES as education, with the underlying goal being recruitment of teen guys who play competitive shooters. The whole tech angle is BS as we all know. 40 years ago these kids would at least been given actual guns to train with - you know, something that might actually make a real difference if they DID choose a military career. And we wonder why everything in America has went to hell.
 

Irata

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So now the US military is promoting VIDEO GAMES as education, with the underlying goal being recruitment of teen guys who play competitive shooters. The whole tech angle is BS as we all know. 40 years ago these kids would at least been given actual guns to train with - you know, something that might actually make a real difference if they DID choose a military career. And we wonder why everything in America has went to hell.
Well, there are drones...
And this will help with eye hand coordination.
 

texasrattler

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So now the US military is promoting VIDEO GAMES as education, with the underlying goal being recruitment of teen guys who play competitive shooters. The whole tech angle is BS as we all know. 40 years ago these kids would at least been given actual guns to train with - you know, something that might actually make a real difference if they DID choose a military career. And we wonder why everything in America has went to hell.
Now, hmm Americas Army in its heyday was given out at recruitment centers and at other locations. You could even find it in the gaming magazines. I played it for awhile n I had fun with it. I left cause of the whole dev/government issue and it seemed to fall from there. Ppl wanted fixes n they did come, a year later but by a new dev team. Things just werent the same, at least back then. Not even sure if the game still exists.