Inside: A surprisingly simple way to encourage social community building in kids that love video games. PLUS an exciting local event for Houston Minecraft fans with BIG prizes! Sponsored by Super League Gaming.
Does your child love Minecraft or other video games? Would they rather spend their afternoon online than go outside or play a team sport?
One of the biggest worries of parents with kids that love video games is that they’re missing out on social interaction.
However, a new phenomenon is sweeping the country that allows kids to play the game they love, get out of the house and make new friends (in person!)
How to Encourage Social Skills in Kids that Love Video Games
My daughter first introduced Minecraft to us last year, and I’ll admit it’s a lot of fun! I was a huge video game enthusiast as a kid, so it was actually right up my alley!
Benefits of Playing Video Games
Sometimes it feels like you have to drag your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox! On the plus side, playing Minecraft (and video games in general) offers many levels of benefits for kids:
- develops problem solving skills
- builds self-confidence
- enhances creativity
- fosters teamwork
- improves academic performance
Growing up, I played lots of team sports, but I still spent many afternoons in my basement playing video games with my siblings. I think it’s possible for kids to play video games and still live a healthy, social lifestyle. The key is balance.
Many online games offer chat features, but we disable these when our daughter plays for safety reasons. (And I encourage you to check your computer or console privacy settings when your children play).
So how do you encourage this balance and help your child build social skills when their favorite activity is playing video games?
Super League Minecraft City Champs Tournament
One of the best ways to encourage social interaction for video game-loving kids is to get them around other kids who share the same interest. This allows kids to find their community (even if they’ve struggled to do so at school) and make friends who “get” them and love what they love.
In this spirit of community, Super League Gaming created the Minecraft City Champs tournament, which is run in partnership with Nickelodeon.
I love the idea behind Super League! Instead of just playing their favorite game at home, kids can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing Houston.
Super League Minecraft City Champs Tournament is like little league for Minecraft players! This is a fun, positive and a special opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time!
Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament is in its 3rd season, so the company knows how to provide a well-organized experience for your Minecrafter.
It’s ideal for kids 6-14, who will play alongside their peers and have the chance to compete against teams in cities across the country. The tournament takes place in a movie theater, which means they also get to see their favorite game on the big screen!
PS – Parents attend for free! Super League also provides full coverage if you need to drop off. Of course if you’re there, you can cheer on your Minecrafter to victory!
The best part? BIG Prizes!
One skilled player will win a HUGE prize for their family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, inclusive of round trip airfare to LA, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending allowance.
There will be other giveaways over the weekend, including an official Houston Blast team jersey!
Houston Minecraft City Champs Tournament
Day One of the Houston tournament is this Saturday, Oct 14th. During the first day, players meet their teammates and get a chance to practice the custom game modes designed by Super League.
The actual tournament begins on Saturday, October 21st and continues on the following three Saturdays.
To learn more and get tickets while spots are available, visit Super League’s Minecraft City Champs Houston Event Details Page.
Not in Houston? You can still join the fun! Super League Gaming currently hosts Minecraft Tournaments in a dozen cities across the US — click here to see more!