MAGALIA, Calif. - Local high schools are using Esports to help students heal after the Camp Fire.
Ridgeview High in Magalia lost its campus to the flames in November. The school, which serves at-risk kids, says competitive video games help its students build valuable skills, like team-building, communication, and problem-solving.
Ridgeview began its Esports program in September last year but had to drop out of the season because of the Camp Fire. Now they are looking forward to picking things back up.
"We don’t have that many sports or clubs. It’s tough [for students] at home. But when we are doing this stuff, it doesn’t really matter," said Eric Lefevers, Social Science teacher, and Esports advisor.
Dustyn Seale, plays offense on the school team. He shared what he's learned from being a competitive video game player.
"I’m able to think quicker on a problem. Say, if someone is blocking our path, I can problem-solve with the rest of my team to get rid of that problem."
To qualify for the team, all students must meet academic expectations. They begin training for the upcoming fall competitive season this week, and they will be up against high school teams across the nation.