BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Esports are about to become the latest high school athletic events in Alabama.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association started the online gaming program not long ago and the first season is expected to begin at the end of February.
So far, about 30 schools have organized teams.
One of those is Hoover High School. The coach says he expects the sport will take off.
"It’s a multibillion-dollar industry. There are huge sponsorships,” said Brett Hawk, Hoover High School’s coach. “I mean it’s a big deal. It may not be a big deal to a lot of people but it’s growing. And it’s something that I think if we can harness and bring it in with us, we can use it for our advantage.”
Hawk says athletes will be held to the same standards as athletes in other sports. They’ll also learn things like teamwork and sportsmanship.
All the games will be played remotely. The AHSAA is planning on awarding a championship at the end of the season.