The virtual sport of gaming


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By BRYANT VAN ROSSEM

The Mirror reporter

For years it has been debated whether or not professional gaming is considered a sport. A lot of people believe that sitting behind a screen with a controller or keyboard competing in a game is not a sport, but in reality, it can be.

Being a professional gamer is difficult. Like most sports teams they too have to practice, work as a team, and compete. But what makes it difficult is that unlike sports where to win or lose you make money, in professional gaming you have to be at the top to make a more money.

Esports is a form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players. They will set tournaments up for many games and have some of the best teams from all over the world compete.

Esports is constantly growing and getting bigger. This year marketing researcher is predicting 2018 revenues to hit $905 million, a staggering 38% increase from 2017’s $655 million. They gain their money through tournament fees and sponsors. With the rate this is growing Esports will be a billion dollar company.

With major growth coming, more and more professional gamers play to compete to be the best in the world. Just like football or basketball, professional gaming also has teams competing to be the best.

But could professional gaming really be counted as a sport? Even though Esports has an extremely large fan base, a lot of people still disagree.

The United States government only gave Esports one P-1 visas which is what recognizes the teams for a game called “League of Legends” as athletes, but not the rest. How can it be considered a sport?

Sport is defined as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” So how can sitting in front of this screen playing a video game be considered a sport when there’s not much physical activity involved.

Most people believe most gamers are out of shape people but quite a lot actually stay fit. A lot of them go to gyms to stay in good health. Professional gamers need to stay healthy and in good condition if they want to compete like other players in sports.

In my opinion, Professional gaming is a sport. These players work hard to do their best to win. They practice, compete, work on teams just like other sports.

So while most professional gamers are not considered an athlete or gaming being a sport, with the ever-growing number of fans, it will be soon.