There is a new sport in town and it’s gaining popularity rather quickly.

Esports, or competitive video gaming is now considered a varsity sport in high schools across Alabama.

The Baker Hornets played in the first round of the playoffs for the League of Legends division.

The Hornets said while this sport is unlike most it still has a lot of similarities to other common sports.

"I look at it probably closest to football because each person has to play their specific role because the where you are within the field is a big part of the game because you have to know where to be at the right time or you'll mess up things in the map,” said Peyton Leonhardt, a Junior at Baker High School.

"It still requires just as much coordination and team work as most sports do as far as twitch reflexes, on the spot decision making and working with your teammates,” said Justin Tolbert, Baker High School’s esports head coach.

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