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Submitted by pakua 446d ago | opinion piece

Professional gaming - A legitimate 'sport' or a way to push products?

The rise of professional gaming in the last decade has ascending in popularity at a rapid rate. What was once essentially a LAN party between a few hand picked elite players is now a global sensation. The land of opportunity and stardom is now presenting itself more than ever, with amateur players with dreams and aspirations completely hooked by the ‘sport’ that is gaming. The amount of fans and players shouldn’t be underestimated, this is no longer something nerds do when they should be doing more constructive with their lives. It is now a mainstream and socially accepted profession, with world championships and regular tournaments running globally. The rise is mainly due to sponsorship, more money has been invested and so it can reach out to a bigger audience. The big question is are the worlds gaming elite simply a marketing tool applied by some of the big accessory and game companies? (Call of Duty, League of Legends, MLG, PC, PS3, PS4, StarCraft, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Christopher  +   446d ago
Everything is about money. Everything.
hellzsupernova  +   446d ago
Exactly
And how is it any different to "real" sport look at any team how many sponsors are plastered all over them. The advertising on the stadium the advertising during the ad breaks

There is no difference, and someone has to supply the winners the money and prizes
ziggurcat  +   446d ago
Definitely not a sport.
BranWheatKillah  +   446d ago
Actual sports. Legitimate "sports" or a way to push products?

What an idiotic article.
Boody-Bandit  +   446d ago
It's definitely not a sport.
Nor do I see it as a way to push a product.
So I'm going to go with neither.
glopez  +   446d ago
Definitely not a sport. Every time I see this debate I picture revenge of the nerds.
n4rc  +   446d ago
A sport is an athletic competition.. The fattest most out of shape person can be a great gamer..

So its not a sport at least to me.. Its a game like golf or bowling
MRMagoo123  +   446d ago
Its about as much a sport as monopoly or Yahtzee.
Slade23  +   446d ago
To me its professional gaming or as they called it e-sports. But to call it a sport, it is not. But its competition gaming and I love it. No doubt about it.
H0RSE  +   446d ago
Just to address the question in the the title - No, it is not a sport, legitimate or otherwise. It is a game, like like professional poker or billiards.
plut0nash  +   446d ago
Same story as other professional sports. That's why gold-striped Nike running shoes sell so well.
Dehnus  +   446d ago
A professional sport used to ruin products.

Not every game needs to be balanced for Esports and F2P. Yet thanks to certain "12 year Old I R ESPORT PRO!" of all ages it does get pushed a lot more than in the past.

Esports are important and a sport of their own, with people working very hard in their careers to keep it at that level, although I'm not that fond of the announcing and rather just see the playing myself.

But the recent push that every game has to either be balanced to an extreme or get ridicule is a bit silly. Giants Citizen Kabuto wasn't perfectly balanced, but BOY was it fun in multiplayer ;).

But thanks to the earlier mentioned crowd, Gaming is quickly turning into something awful. LIke they did with Football, Basketball and American Football for instance. Massively popular by a bunch of on lookers, who are paying huge prices just to see it.... yet the actual game that it was .. to entertain is mostly forgotten.

Children being pushed to extremes by parents shouting at sidelines, riots over teams that won and even make it illegal to start your own competition for fun... unless you have a license from your national association for that sport.

I really hope that push won't continue.
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Afistnu  +   446d ago
Just Lan parties, hosted by product companies. End of discussion.
Slade23  +   445d ago
well that's where you start at lol. Everybody knows you won't get big companies supporting the lan party at start. You got to work your way up.
Surt  +   445d ago
Professional gaming. Just like golf or chess at the pro level. You get paid to play. Nothing wrong with that. Only nay-sayers are those that don't have a competitive bone in their body. So they don't understand it. But what empty lives those must have to never have competed at anything, e-sport or actual sport. they have never known the euphoria of winning, or the anguish of defeat.

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