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ESports program popularity on the rise | FOX61 Student News

Since 2020, the program has grown to multiple teams and game titles.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Story by Adam Ward & Matei Panaitisor / Hall High School West Hartford

In the computer labs of Hall High School, a new after-school program has captivated the attention of many students. 

“Esports”, short for Electronic Sports, is a form of professional competition using video games. In recent years, Esports has been growing in popularity at high schools all over the country, including Hall.

Since 2020, the program has grown to multiple teams and game titles. Since then they have already participated in and won the Connecticut Esports state championship. 

Competitive gaming has shown to have many benefits, especially for high school students. It is a very engaging team activity that can improve communication skills. It has also been shown to reduce stress. The program is a home for many who don’t participate in conventional sports. 

Head Coach Sebastian Fortuna says that “It has all the elements every other sport has. It has the competition, it has the sportsmanship, it has the team-building exercise. The beautiful part about Esports is that you don’t have to be genetically talented to play.” 

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Meetings are held every Monday afternoon. If you are a student interested in joining Hall Esports, visit the athletics office. All skill levels are welcome.


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