To the mindset of some parents and many Asian parents, video games are a terrible hobby. However, that might change now with the story of Luo Kehao and Carlos Xu, two young Chinese men who have used video games to gain admittance into two of the world’s most prestigious universities.
Originally reported by the Sing Tao Daily in Canada, Luo and Xu created GGS Tournaments while still in high school. Their creation, a platform for online game tournaments, helped the duo gain admission into the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University respectively.
Luo from Taiyuan, Shanxi province and Argentinian-born Xu both attend St George’s School in Vancouver. They founded GGS Tournaments a year and a half ago, and now they have 1000 registered users and three advertisers.
Growing up loving video games, Luo and Xu said they saw the opportunity to organise tournaments when they were in the 10th grade. Taking initiative, the two started a school club for their hobby. In their first meeting at the school’s computer room they had 40 attendees; the room only had space for 20.
It’s always refreshing to read a story about how two young gamers have done something good. Sure, Luo and Xu’s academic prowess and other extracurricular activities (as well as some other factors) definitely played a role in getting into the Ivy League; but that doesn’t diminish the fact that their love for gaming helped them get there. Maybe now more Asian parents will let their kids play video games without making it seem like the child is wasting their time.