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Next_Gen

Director: Tyler Eichorst
Runtime: 38 Minutes
Documentary
MN Connected

"Next Gen is a documentary by Wisdom and acowsay that follows the inaugural national championship winning St. Louis Park High School Overwatch team on their journey to repeat the following year.

Although told through the lens of competition, the real story is about the powerful transformation that occurs within the players while competing together, overcoming adversity, and creating important friendships during their high school years. Video games are consistently demonized and touted as a waste of time by a generation of people who don’t understand what we know to be true: that gaming, and especially esports, can be an incredibly positive influence on a person’s quality of life and personal development.

High school esports programs give students who are typically underserved a place to belong, make friends, be celebrated, connect to their school, and learn all the lessons that traditional sports teach without their barriers to entry. In esports, everyone is welcome."

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