BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Video games were once just something fun to do with friends, but now it’s considered a sport and academic tool. EBR Schools has introduced a state-of-the-art esports lab at Northeast High School.

Arnaldo Santos is a junior at Northeast High and he said the team is treated just like any other sport at the school — including the training.

“We work hard to get better, we grind the training packs every day,” said Santos.

For Santos, being on the team is more than fun and games.

“Normally I just play games by myself so I don’t actually have to talk to anyone else, telling them what I am doing, but over here we are working on communication, that’s how we avoid mistakes,” said Santos.

Coach Jeffrey Johnson said not only do the children learn team building, coding, and the craft of gaming, the sport can open doors for their futures.

“Universities nowadays now offer scholarships, some of them full-ride scholarships,” said Johnson.

Santos said getting a scholarship would be cool, but just being on the team makes high school a little more enjoyable.

“Being at school, it can be fun sometimes, but most of the time it’s boring, but when you actually get into something after school everything becomes, like, better,” said Santos.

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