Believe it or not, parents want video games in schools. In a study that was recently conducted by Wargaming and OnePoll, 54% of surveyed adults said that video games should be taught in school. On top of that, three out of five adult responders believe that gaming should be a part of a school’s core curriculum. Of the two thousand adults that were surveyed for this report, 53% said that video games should be considered an academic extracurricular activity.
And, this study didn’t stop at just basic education. It also provided some interesting insights on the role that gaming should play in higher education. 88% of college students surveyed said that they would be willing to major in video games if it was possible.
Overall, the poll showed that gaming still plays a huge role in our day-to-day lives. 85% of responders said that they play video games regularly. And, 42% said that they play video games every single day!
“Just like in math, social studies, and reading classes, there’s a lot that can be learned from gaming,” said the publishing director of Wargaming. “Giving kids a place to develop real-life skills in video games is something that can give them a bright future that is as fun as it is lucrative.”
The Profit‘s Take:
This is the first time I’ve heard such clear enthusiasm for gaming being taught at earlier ages. Acceptance of gaming from parents could signify a big moment for our industry. The 88% mark was surprising. That’s a lot of kids who would major in gaming. Still, this supports my thesis that gaming will become the biggest industry on the planet, so we’ll NEED 88% of kids to major in gaming from a pure manpower perspective. I believe that there is still a misunderstanding about the possible careers in and around gaming from both parents and students. A lot of kids probably see it as, “I get to play video games for a living.” We need to help them understand ALL the possible career opportunities that exist within the gaming space beyond just playing or making games.