If you can’t beat them join them!! There was a time when children got so hooked on to video games that it started to adversely affect their academics. Now edtech is integrating interest based educational tools in these video games which is easy to sell to students too. Integrating STEM curricula, English language skills can be instrumental in developing social and emotional skills at the same time teach traditional components like English, Physics and Maths.
Sports too has a very important role to play in character building of the students. Esports help develop these lifelong skills of strategic thinking, teamwork, collaboration, goal setting, preparation, managing success and failure etc.
Some universities have also created scholarship opportunities for talented virtual athletes to represent their schools on the digital playground.