Frenship esports provides a new community for competitive gamers

Frenship esports provides a new community for competitive gamers

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WOLFFORTH, Texas -

A group of 30 students at Frenship High School found a new home after school. The development of an esports program has opened new doors for a team in a growing industry.

"If you take all the money that esports has earned in the past year, it trumps every sport except the NFL," Nicholas Copeland, the Frenship esports coach said.

Competitive gaming is recognized by ESPN as a sport. According to the Frenship team, it takes strategy, communication and teamwork.

"You can be like the best players in the world right, but if you don't have good teamwork and stuff like that, you're not going to get very far," Frenship senior, Nathaniel Martinez said.

"I was like what games are they going to do," the A-team member said. "As soon as they said "Rocket League" I was like all right I'm in. I was so hyped."

Martinez is one of 30 to get through try-outs for Frenship's esports squad. It was the first extracurricular program he joined in high school.

"These are really cool guys behind me, and like we've only gotten better and getting to know each other," he said.

Alli Ferguson is one of two girls on a "Rocket League" team. She said she was pushed out of her comfort zone when she made the team.

"I'm a super shy person as you can see and I just feel stronger as a team player now than I did even just playing with friends."

According to Nicholas Copeland, Martinez and Ferguson are what his job is all about.

"Games have a history of being toxic and mean to each other and they're learning how to communicate effectively, support each other," the esports coach explained.

Copeland said instead of the students gaming at home they can build life skills by working together. Esports has grown so much there are now scholarships for students to play in college.

"It's a video game done at such a high level and so well competitively, it's exciting to watch," Copeland said.

The team plays other schools in "Rocket League" and "League of Legends". The season starts mid-October and goes through mid-December. 

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