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Have You Considered Majoring in Overwatch?

South Korean kids are signing up for a new breed of prep school in hopes of becoming pro gamers
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It’s a scene unfolding at thousands of “cram schools” across South Korea: A dozen kids huddle in a fluorescent-lit classroom, staring mutely as an instructor drones on. Except at these particular academies, luminous displays and tricked-out headphones stand in for textbooks and highlighters. Also, the teacher is a millennial hipster who imparts wisdom such as “Don’t expect to pass under this bridge without a fight.” Shouts and high-fives erupt sporadically.

That’s because these teens aren’t cramming for college—they’re gunning to become esports champions.

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