With e-sports so popular among kids, the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association directed staff to research how they would implement and regulate e-sports as an official high school sport.

Executive Director for NIAA Bart Thompson actually brought the idea to the NIAA board after hearing from people from other associations who already made e-sports a high school sports. He believes it would help students.

"So it would be subject the to eligibility rules and regulations of our association like any other sport or activity," Thompson says.

He argues student-athletes do better in school based on eligibility requirements, and the fact they spend more time at school.

"Students that participate in sports and activities graduate at a higher rate, have a higher GPAs, have fewer attendance problems, fewer discipline issues, generally do better in school," Thompson says.

There's two things that are necessary to make e-sports a successful high school sport. One is popularity, and Thompson hears about formal and informal clubs that students form in order to play.

"And that's coming from allover the state, it's not just Clark and Washoe [counties]," Thompson says. "Obviously that's where most of the students are, so that's where most of them are, but we're hearing it from our rural schools as well."

The other is money, since everything costs money. But Thompson says two tech companies already reached out to them looking to make a deal.

"The deals with the companies that are looking to implement it, could provide additional revenue, enough revenue to take care of the administration of the e-sports itself," Thompson says. "And potentially even some additional revenue to help us."

He also adds, having them play competitively at school is a good way to teach healthy habits.

"To help students and parents understand, what is healthy in terms of amount of practice time," Thompson says. "Because we talk about game addiction and those types of things and what is healthy and what is not."

Thompson says there's a chance he will present the research to the NIAA board during their meeting in January, but it's unclear if the research will be done by then.