While esports has yet to live up to its reputation as the next big thing in American sports betting, it is undeniably popular among the young people of the country. And during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the interactive games offered by esports provided a critical social lifeline for many children whose face-to-face engagement with their peers was very limited.
Esports can also help children improve their problem-solving and STEM skills. But there is another side to this coin. As the Entain Foundation noted in a Monday press release, “there has been an associated increase in gambling and mental health issues” among minors as esports grows in popularity.
To address these negative by-products, the Entain Foundation has partnered with INTENTA to launch the #MindYourGame campaign in more than 450 high schools and esports clubs across the country. The educational toolbox uses multimedia content to help student gamers prioritize their mental health, explaining how gaming can affect the brain, emphasizing the importance of finding a balance between gaming and other activities, and helping them manage spending in the game.
“We are committed to supporting initiatives that encourage responsible gaming and gaming“, said Martin Lycka, administrator of Entain Foundation US and senior vice president of US regulatory affairs and responsible gambling of Entain, in a press release. “That is why we have partnered with INTENTA for the campaign #MindYourGame. Encouraging our players to actively manage their mental health is exactly the type of project we are proud to support. »
Employee of the Fresno Unified School District (California) Julie MavrogeorgeThe National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors Association High School Esports Director of the Year 2021-2022 said, “Esports provides a platform to engage and educate all players, including those who are neurodiverse – on important topics such as their mental health, and leveraging the game as a source of personal and professional growth. I’m excited to share educational #MindYourGame content with our players.