Competitive gaming now recognized as a pro sport in the US

By Shawn Knight
Jul 15, 2013
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  1. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    The official definition of sport involves physical exertion.

    But that definition can change. I am personally still deciding if I want to call it a sport. Nevertheless the streams are entertaining and it does take an enormous amount of skill to play professionally.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,388   +205

    If competitive gaming is recognized as a professional sport, does that make the participants athletes?
  3. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 384   +34

    Is it April 1st already?
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,023   +90

    yes
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    Sure! It is measured by how far the participants can throw their controller when they lose a round. ;)
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,023   +90

    it seems you don't know how well pro LoL players are paid :p
    it's like saying that curling players polish ice all day.

    does it matter how "physical" it is?
    -pro players that make it into the LCS make more money then we can imagine (salary + sponsors + prizes)
    -they are watched by millions in bigger events (season 2 LoL LCS world final had 2 mil concurrent viewers TV+stream); twitch stream has every week 100k-200k viewers
    -they have more sponsors than most established sports and not to mention bigger tourney prizes

    At the rate esports are growing in popularity (counter-strike or starcraft were lucky to have 50-100k dollars in prizes a few years ago), in maybe another decade, esports will become normal and will be featured on big TV sport channels.

    10 years ago only teens were watching these events. Now we have 20-30 year olds who watch them. who knows what the next 10 years will bring.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    In my opinion, yes it does. Any sport that does not represent how physically fit and capable one can be, in my mind is not a sport at all. Take fishing for example, thats not a sport, it's a hobby and a way of life for some. And also in my opinion, sports should be just that, not a profession.
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,023   +90

    so chess, go and other similar games are a no go for you? what's the difference between a board game and a PC game?
    trust me there tons of weird and wacky sports in the world that make esports look like an Olympic game.

    Also sports being only hobbies is wrong. You don't become a pro player to get rich. Getting rich is just you being good at your "hobby" and some luck. Seeing pro players compete is one of best entertainment you can get on the planet. (and each has it's own favorite sport)

    With people becoming more and more tech-savvy or just more accustomed to being near computers means that they start to like watching good gamers compete using a controller in hand.
  9. You despise EA but are more of a Battlefield guy? You do realize that Battlefield is published by EA, correct?
  10. bobbydylan

    bobbydylan Newcomer, in training

    You guys can make virgin, fat, acne jokes all you want, it's not going to stop competitive gaming from being one of the largest sports in the world.

    1) it's global
    2) easy to televise
    3) perfect demographic for advertisers
    4) anyone can participate!!!!! It's the sport for the average joe
    5) more fun to watch than a lot of normal sports. I had more fun watching evo this weekend than a lot of traditional sporting events. evo fighting championships, look them up. I've played and watched regular sports for longer than I have played video games, so there is no bias.

    2c
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    Lol, the grand finals for a 2001 gamecube game hit 110k viewers this year.
     


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