Next school year, students at Norway’s Garnes High School in the Bergen suburb of Arna will be able to attend classes in e-sports on equal terms with other sports-related programs like football or handball.
“We are seeing that e-sports is a growing phenomenon and something that many young people are into; they deserve to be taken seriously,” project manager Petter Grahl Johnstad tells Gamer.no. “That is why we want give e-sports athletes an opportunity to develop their skills, while also taking classes preparing them for further studies.”
Of the 30 weekly classes at the school, five will be in e-sports. The courses will follow guidelines for high-level sports instruction set forth by the Norwegian education ministry. The students will be expected to develop their strategic, tactical and mental game skills as well as take part in physical training to enhance mobility, strength and reflexes.