What is a “Scholar Gamer?”
schol·ar | \ ˈskä-lər \
- a specialist in a particular branch of study
gam·er | \ ˈɡā-mər \
- a person who plays video games or participates in role-playing games.
It is important to define the term “Scholar Gamer” because it is necessary to separate students who participate in esports as members of their schools from the professional esports athlete. Esports in schools, if implemented to the fullest potential, is a vehicle to something more than the games. Esports open college and career pathways unlike traditional sports.
The term “Scholar Gamer” encompasses the hope for students as their schools adopt esports. A Scholar Gamer could be an esports athlete, but an esports athlete is not necessarily a Scholar Gamer. A Scholar Gamer is not just one who plays the games, but also performs data analysis, shoutcasts, coaches, responsibly manages social media, organizes tournaments, is health conscious, and is a more tolerant, inclusive, and well-connected global citizen. Depending on the games played by the esports team at the school, those roles may vary season to season.
Note: This blog post will be updated as the definition of “Scholar Gamer” is further refined.
Updated August 14, 2018 at 10:00 CDT