GreenPark Sports Aims To Be A Conduit To The Metaverse

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According to a recent MarketWatch analysis, the advancement of gamification platforms inside education reveals a growth market with enormous potential. Add to the equation the Intelligence Market Report (IMR) predictions that the Metaverse market size is projected to reach $790 billion and grow at a CAGR of 23.1% by 2028 – it’s easy to see how gaming is intersecting across all sectors.

As these worlds merge, educational professionals recognize the benefits of expanded uses of learning adopted to the principles found in gaming. A recent Edutopia article about gameplay and learning shows increased participation, social and emotional learning (SEL) and smart risk-taking as benefits.

However, according to Harvard’s Graduate School of Education research, “The challenge may not just be to find a high-quality game, but to find ways to support kids in making meaningful connections between their play and the world around them.”

While games have the potential to connect kids and enhance problem solving and relationship building, one area that may be worth examining is the power of emotional investment and its influence on the learning process found in of all things, sports.

One key area of expression and emotional investment is fandom. Many people may not have considered the science of fandom or its relationship to gameplay. New York University (NYU) noticed years ago and the iconic institution continues to examine the psychology of fandom through research and a course of study.

The Psychology of Fandom

When psychologists study fandom, they analyze the intense emotional connections between fans and their commitment to the teams and brands they love. The link is a motivator for fans.

Social psychologist and NYU faculty member PJ Henry says, “This need to belong is considered one of the most important, if not the most important, motivating force in…