The Scottish Government has just committed £1.3m for computing in schools. While some have criticised this move as being a paltry amount per school, never underestimate an inspired youngster with greater access to something they love, argues Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco Schools in Scotland can now bid for grants of up to £3,000 to purchase additional computing science equipment, devices, software or teaching resources. That’s due to a £1.3 million investment from the Scottish Government, which hopes to support computing science in primary and secondary schools across the country. Continue reading The Scottish Government’s £1.3m computing in schools…
China’s limit on computer game time risks harming children’s education and should not be introduced in the UK, the professional body for the IT industry has said. Modern gaming challenges like building Minecraft worlds with friends, or trading on Roblox, encourage children’s interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, said Professor Andy Phippen, a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered institute for IT (formerly known as the British Computer Society). Parents, not the state, should regulate gaming time, but they deserve better research and guidance on the effects of screen-time to make those informed decisions, BCS added. Continue reading 5…
The Isle of Man Government has announced its sponsorship of the Island’s first professional esports organisation, X7 Esports, which it says underlines its long-term commitment to the industry. Digital Isle of Man, part of the Government’s Department for Enterprise, has sponsored X7, a new team with a roster in League of Legends which plans to enter other titles in the future. The team was founded on the Isle of Man in December 2020. Continue reading Isle of Man’s first professional esports organisation receives government sponsorship
Scottish Esports Hub (SEH) has been awarded £5,000 of funding through Firstport’s Start It Award, in conjunction with the Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the Scottish Government. The award, which is designed to support social entrepreneurs in Scotland, is the biggest step SEH has taken in its two-year journey to launch. With this funding, SEH says everything it’s planned for Scottish esports is ‘now within reach’. Scottish Esports Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise based around esports careers and wellbeing advice. Continue reading Scottish Esports Hub secures funding
Earlier this month, Republican senator Thom Tillis managed to graft an act that would turn streaming copyrighted material into a felony onto the much-debated omnibus spending bill, which also includes a paltry second covid relief check, among many other things. After even more debate (and many concessions), Congress is poised to pass the bill this evening. The felony streaming rider is still part of it, but it no longer seems to directly threaten Twitch streamers and other content creators.
The United States government is, as we all know, extremely functional. It’s so functional, in fact, that it regularly struggles to pass spending bills in order to prevent itself from shutting down. The latest “must-pass” bill, like many of its predecessors, includes controversial measures that wouldn’t be able to pass on their own, negotiated with the high stakes of this particular bill in mind. One of them would turn unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material into a felony.