Article and graphic by Robert Merrick
After months of silence, new information about the Santa Rosa City School’s Esports league has finally come out, and it is… disappointing. The good news is that a set of rules for the club is being brought to the SRCS board by the director of technology, Adrian Bica; however, there is one issue with the rules: they strictly forbid the ever popular genre, first-person shooters.
This is a tremendous blow for the club because it removes an enormous portion of the interest, since the flagship game for the club was the first-person shooter, Valorant. The worst part is that it doesn’t make any sense from the perspective of the district.
Ignoring the extremely outdated, “video games make our kids into shooters,” mentality, taking away what the club invested the majority of its time into building means that the club is forced to rely on games that there is less interest for.
Imagine if a club was made, the club focused on giving an outlet to students who are interested in playing sports without the commitment of joining a team. After the supervisors of the club have worked tirelessly for months to get all of the required equipment and enough interest in the club, the district comes in and tells them that they are no longer allowed to play games that use a ball. Now there would be absolutely no way for the team to be a club for a variety of sports, when a fundamental part of what makes it what it is, is taken away.
This is the feeling that the Esports team is having to deal with right now. They are having to deal with a significantly reduced amount of options. “Oh… well they have a bunch of different games they can pick from,” you might say. However, the catalog of competitive games that are not first person shooters is significantly smaller.
Once again the district continues to smother a club that there is support for. Time and time again they have opted to inhibit the E-sports club and it is extremely frustrating. Stop making decisions based on decades old incorrect studies, and instead focus on the newer, more accurate studies.