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As children continue to spend more time stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, online esports lessons combined incorporating English conversation practice have proved a hit with young gamers — and with parents fretting over how to keep them entertained in a constructive way.

So far, several dozen people have signed up for the lessons, including many elementary school children, but several hundred more are on a waiting list, according to Gecipe Inc., the Tokyo startup which launched the initiative a year ago during school closures in many parts of Japan that lasted up to three months.

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