Video Games Are a Waste of Time? Not for Those With E-sports Scholarships

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Behind a glass partition at the Microsoft store at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, 10 teenage boys settled into seats in a rectangular formation. Each sat behind a laptop computer, ears warmed by a bulky headset.

Parents and grandparents circled the room, peering over shoulders at screens. One mother used her iPhone to live-stream to social media.

The room had the feel of a sporting event, and it was — a group of competitive video gamers on the Bay Shore High School e-sports team were competing in a scrimmage and playing their way toward college scholarships…

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