Here are GamersFTW's 5 reasons why video games are modern sports for the modern age.
The amount of practice involved is important too - it's not like professional gamers are just playing game after game all day. They're developing strategy, checking pathing, developing ideas, focusing on the little things just like conventional athletes do.
Exactly, the initial reaction is usually "gaming is nothing like sports". Yet if we break it down there are almost countless similarities, it will be interesting to see whether attitudes change as the industry keeps growing
Sport : "all types of physical activity that people do to keep healthy or for enjoyment" Physical acticity. Physical. Please, as much as I enjoy video games, it's as much a sport as binge-watching a season of Game of Thrones. Practicing sports keeps you healthy and in good shape. Everybody should do sports regularly to lenghten their life expectancy. Sport is vital. Video games are not. People calling video game sports are generally geeks who want to reassure themselves that playing 5-hours non stop is a good thing. It's not. I repeat it, I love video games. But it's an ART, not a SPORT.
While I agree with everything that you said, I just can't call gaming a sport because it lacks the one thing that sports are traditionally know for...physical activity (mostly to the point of exertion). I have respect for anyone who dedicates themselves to becoming great at just about anything. Now, sports networks have been pushing the boundaries of the idea of a sport by showing things like Poker. But, that doesn't make it a true sport. There has been this push to make gaming a sport simply because it would draw in more sponsorship and mass coverage if it were officially recognized as such. Also, it is MUCH easier to obtain a visa in the US for an athlete. But, in the end, I think it would be wiser to just stick to it being competitive gaming or even eSports and carve their own niche.
Certainly interesting food for thought here. You just have to look at the recent Nintendo Championship to see how much enjoyment people can get from watching others battle it out through games. I would not be surprised if gaming matches started to appear on our tv screens again. It's mainly up against social norms - most members of the public are not used to just watching others play games and may wonder where the excitment would come from.
They aren't sports, simple as that. Why? Because the official definition of Sports is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes another or others for entertainment" and gaming has about as much "physical exertion" as a game of chess. The only thing it has in common with sports is the competition, but at that point that's all it actually is, a competition.
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