Is there an authority to define competitive gaming as a sport? Or is this up for the people to decide?
I think it might be best to qualify them as a competition. This way traditional sports fans don't get their feathers ruffled and since eSports fans don't really care, they won't mind it either.
A lot of the reactions from traditionalist have been kinda rude and uncalled for, I wont lie. The whole Colin Cowherd thing really was the spark that got everyone to start talking. The whole debate seems mute if a lot of people aren't too concerned with the issue.
sport /spôrt/ noun - "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment" That's according to Google. By that definition, it definitely is!
There are a lot of people that would disregard competitive gaming in that light because of the point on Physical Exertion. The common argument is you can't really physically exert yourself playing a video game in the same way as you could playing baseball, football, track, ect. Its what makes the argument constantly go back and forth.
I think it's only inevitable that E-sports will be on ESPN in the not too distant future. These competitions make a ton of money and it would silly if ESPN didn't want to get a piece of that somehow lol
There is a lot of viewers when they broadcast a competition. As the Heroes of the Dorm show displayed. When there are ratings, companies will be willing to broadcast it. Doesn't matter at all.
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