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Video Gaming Becomes a Scholarship Sport at University of Utah

The University of Utah will become the first big-time sports school to offer scholarships for competitive video gaming, so far the most high-profile entry into collegiate esports.

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254d ago
fiveby9254d ago

A sport? Video gaming? cmon. Definition of a sport, "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment." Call a competition or something but not "Sport".

ninsigma254d ago

To be fair, it's not like the definition of sport was created and then they created physical activities that fit that profile. The definition was made after numerous activities naturally evolved and before video games existed. Maybe the definition needs an update.

fiveby9254d ago

Yes numerous activities were classified as a sport. But games existed in many forms for thousands of years. Some were considered sport while others were not.

nowitzki2004254d ago (Edited 254d ago )

iyo. if theres an audience and theres ways to compete then its pretty close to being a sport. Maybe not necessarily a sport but really damn close.

"an activity involving physical exertion and skill"

Yeah, you physically have to play a game and think fast mentally.

"which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment"

Have you seen some of the gaming competitions? lots of people watch it live and online.

fiveby9254d ago

So sitting in a chair and typing, using a mouse or controller qualifies as physical exertion? That's a very generous definition of physical exertion. I'm not saying gaming is not a competition. I would not consider the game of chess a sport either. So playing a table top board game is a sport now? And of course I have seen gaming competitions. I respect the skill required. I just don't consider it a "sport".

nowitzki2004254d ago

Who cares what you consider a sport? Its a sport in the sense of there being competition alone. No one is saying these people are athletes but they are skilled.