Are E-sports Actual Sports?

Are E-sports Actual Sports?

Gavin Huston, Contributor

When you hear the word “sport” most people immediately think of physical ones, but what about e-sports? Not many people think e-sports are real sports.

Of course, there are video games about sports, but they aren’t games that are in e-sport competitions. Most e-sports are first-person shooters, like “Overwatch” or “Dota 2”. The Telescope says, “A sport such as football and an e-sport such as ‘Dota 2’ both require the same kind of concentration, training, and competitiveness.”

But, there are some e-sports that have real sports in them, such as “Rocket League”. To call them real sports would be false. Sports have physical activities, but with e-sports, players only have to move their fingers.

E-sports have little, if at all, athletic purposes. ViewSonic says, “According to the Oxford dictionary, a sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Dictionary.com downplays the physical. How athletic, after all, is hunting and fishing?” This means that even if they have some athletic purposes, they aren’t a sport.

Overall, even if e-sports have some athletic purposes, they are not qualified to be real sports because they are not physical sports.