The world of esports is exploding into the mainstream; viewership is increasingly better than many established sporting events, and esports is now confirmed to be taking place alongside the Olympics. Recent studies show that competitive gaming can have a positive effect in multiple areas of education, good for students and schools alike.
A recent article on unilad.co provides examples of how competitive video games are helping education. Seventy percent of schools worldwide are considering adding gaming to their curriculum, and current research shows that esports can help with student recruitment and preparing young adults for life after graduation. Attendance has even shown to improve by an amazing 95 percent. For more information, you can read the full article by Ewan Moor.
You can also read more about the inclusion of esports in an Olympics-backed event in this WMU Esports article.