Video gaming will not become an official sport – but it will nevertheless be added to the New Mexico Activities Association’s landscape.
The NMAA’s board of directors, incredibly divided in a 6-5 decision, voted to allow eSports to become an activity in New Mexico for the upcoming school year.
The board rarely is split the way it was for this particular issue, even with Mark Koski – a former NMAA staff member who is the CEO of the National Federation of High School Associations’ NFHS Network out of Atlanta – pitching the board in person Thursday morning. The board, including president T.J. Parks of Hobbs, who voted against, was conflicted.
However, New Mexico will move forward with organized gaming for high school students, which will conclude with a state tournament and a blue trophy.