(In Other Sports) Should video games be considered a sport? This is an excellent topic for an debatable blog post. You may have heard about eSports. There are many clubs participating in eSports, in a wide variety of games. Most of them are played in multiplayer and there are clear rules for all participants. Also, there are rewards for the winners, quite consistent rewards in many cases. If you analyze the structure of eSports competitions, it looks like professional gaming is a sport. However, video games are not recognized as a sport by sports committees. Professional video gamers competing at the Olympics. So, are video games a sport? Hmmmmmm…
Why Shouldn’t Video Games Be Considered a Sport: Debates
There are many reasons why video games are not considered a sport. If you are wondering why shouldn’t video games be considered a sport, here are some of the main reasons:
- If video games would be considered a sport, so should chess and similar games. This is why video games are just considered games.
- Video games are not physical sports (they do not involve a physical activity) and cannot be compared to the latter.
- If sitting down and playing video games would be a sport, so should be eating, right?
- Some studies suggest video games are actually damaging to the human psychic
- There are no clear rules and the video games competitions are not properly regulated
So, are video games a sport?
Reasons Why Video Games Should Be Considered a Sport: Debates
If you want to support video games as a sport, you can use any of these arguments in support to debate:
- Video games take coordination, training and are very taxing on the mind
- Video games require attention, focus and very fast reflexes in most cases
- Even though it is not a physical activity, an electronic game requires a lot of energy to play
- One of the reasons why video games should be considered a sport is the fact that it is incredibly competitive
- Video games are played all over the world by millions of people
- It takes time, effort and a set of skills to become a professional gamer; not everyone can do it
- Many video games require strategy, tactics, and a very fast response time
- Sport is defined as a competitive activity that has strict rules; video game competitions have very strict rules that are enforced by live referees
So, should video games be considered a sport?