Appearing on the student television show “Nashua Talks,” Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess engaged Nashua High School South students about the possibility of forming a youth video-gaming league in the Gate City.
Nick Caggiano, director of Nashua’s Parks and Recreation Department, and Jeff DiSalvo, also of parks and rec, were alongside Mayor Donchess on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Nashua South, to ask questions of South students about their gaming interests and habits, as well as how the students and city leaders could move forward with forming a video-gaming league.
Mayor Donchess suggested a formalized competition league, perhaps run by Parks and Recreation and maybe having a North versus South contest. Students and city officials agreed to work together to form the league, starting with creating a committee to jump start the process.
“Starting something here in Nashua would be great,” said South student Drew Fleury.
“We could set up an internet-based league with time slots or if we had a space with screens, kids could bring individual platforms in the same space,” said Caggiano.
South Student Kathryn Page added that “you could have the best of both worlds and sometimes play online and sometimes play in-person. It’s important for girls to be involved. I think girls are underestimated in gaming.”
Several students mentioned the popularity of eSports and video-gaming and how it’s growing among teens and young adults. Games are played online against friends, random opponents who may be nearby or even in another country and friends get together in-person to play their favorite games. Aside from the fun of playing the games, students said they enjoy gaming because they’ve made new friends, learn new things and like that video games let you use your imagination.
“It’s a way for people to express themselves. It can help their social skills, have people online who can relate to them,” said South student Javier Figueroa.
“One big connection in gaming is you can have friends all over the world,” said Fleury.
Nashua Talks is broadcast from the television at Nashua High School South and is run by students enrolled in the school’s video production course. The course is led by South teacher Jeffrey Leone.