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Letter: Esports focus is a bad decision for UND

It is disappointing to learn that UND has folded to the demand for providing official campus space to electronic “games” that, in the majority, are termed fighting games, first-person shooters, real-time strategy, and battle arena competitions.

Letter to the editor FSA
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A recent edition of the Herald highlighted the choice made by UND administration to adapt a 600-square-foot (plus or minus) space as the “new home for UND esport teams.” This decision seems out of character for President Andrew Armacost, first of all, but it may never have gotten to his desk.

It is disappointing to learn that UND has folded to the demand for providing official campus space to electronic “games” that, in the majority, are termed fighting games, first-person shooters, real-time strategy, and battle arena competitions.

Is there any academic pursuit at UND that benefits from the time that students spend in esports? Needless to say, there can be no credit earned for that time spent. The “team” member is using time that he/she could be studying to earn credit hours toward an academic achievement.

From the start, it looks like this reallocated room will become the parking spot for those who run away from the ordeals of classroom/library presence and textbook studies. Some of them practiced for this “sport,” all the way from junior high at convenient game sites in their hometown, and at home. Maybe they got to UND on a scholarship for esports? The term “teams” also gives it an air of sports legitimacy.

This looks like a major poor choice for a college of the caliber of UND.

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