"It's a crazy world, so sports and athletics and music can be a form of escapism."
― Eddie Vedder
Should E-Sports be a Sport?
by Rocco Addington '20
Are Esports actual sports? This has been a very hot topic over the previous years. In July of 2014, ESPN aired the world series of the popular game Dota 2. After the game the controversy started. On the website Twitter, people blew up, saying negative things and arguing with the supporters of this game. Most people will argue that videogames are not sports because they don't have physical activity, nor do they have all the other fundamental ideas of sports. Is that true?
Video Games are one of the most popular things in the world, the world of League of Legends aired pulling in over 32 million viewers on twitch. A website that is not very well known I might add. Meanwhile the NBA aired a game at the same time, only pulling in 28 million million viewers. Now numbers aren't everything, they're so much more that makes Esports a sport. Professional video game leagues are almost the exact same as other sports. For example, League of Legends a MOBA or “massive online battle arena,” has 20 teams split into two divisions by continent. The teams are decided on the best teams which is different than traditional sports, traditional sports pick their teams by which are in the official league. Some may argue that official League of Legends does it even better than traditional sports. The teams are better to professional Esports players practice on an average of 8/12 hours a day. Some of these teams even live together. The players have to be in top condition to be able to participate, they have to have quick reflexes, skill, and more. Some of these players even risk serious injury, like carpal tunnel. Hell they are even sponsored by the same people to.
Do you think that Esports should be considered a sport?