Ever since William Higginbotham, a physician, created the first video game in 1958, the video game industry has taken the highway to success and has not looked back to its wake since. Did you know that the ever-growing gaming industry generated at least $10.5 billion in 2009? It is vital to consider that video games boost the economy’s status by bringing chunk loads of money throughout the years. Moreover, the gaming industry is consistently growing at such a tremendous pace to the point that many of the public classify it as a sport; however, not everyone is supportive of that idea. I believe that eSports has significantly evolved over the past few decades for it to be considered a fully-fledged sport. While it may sound absurd, eSports demands numerous hours of practice, requires a healthy lifestyle, and garners a lot of global attention.
Another reason why eSports is a legitimate sport is because of the hours and effort its athletes put into their training hours. The hours that eSports athletes exert are more than that of a traditional sport athlete; in fact, TSM openly publicize the fact that its players train from 9-12 hours a day while Liverpool, a football team, claims that its players train three hours in total. In addition to the fact that eSports athletes train harder, they also train more analytically. According toForbes, traditional sports athletes take their trainings one game at a time and its main objective is to improve one’s physical being, and not the team’s overall benefit; in contrast, eSports athletes, not only develop their own game mechanics, but also study all their upcoming opponents prior to a competitive contest and devise tactics to counterplay them, with the help of game analyzers.
According to a study conducted by Current Biology, 18-25-year-old eSports athletes, who averaged a best of C on tests, were shown to approximately have 25% better decision making and question answering skills than an average Joe. This outcome does not result from an unhealthy diet, but rather a healthy and fit lifestyle. Many people assume that eSports athletes maintain an unhealthy diet; however, that claim is untrue as the eSports governing organization has strict rules imposed on weight and diet. The rule the organization has imposed forbids the teams that falls under its authority from recruiting unhealthy players. For example, when TSM, a League of Legends team, recruited Svenskeren, a professional Danish eSports athlete, the player was remarkably overweight; consequentially, TSM later then gave Sven the choice of leaving the team or remaining on the team while exercising and dieting efficiently; the player obviously opted for the latter and weighs 180lbs as of September of 2016. Because eSports athletes maintain healthy and fit lifestyles, their minds are ever so sharp. The food you feed your body with is what will fuel your mind and brain. To maintain and develop fast reaction timings, eSports athletes must follow a strict diet that does not consist of junk food or useless calories. The food the eSports athletes put into their bodies is reflected through their technical abilities in the games they play in.
To add the cherry on the top, eSports is growing at such a hurried pace that the sport has been garnering views upon views throughout the years. This has made the sport a household name and deservedly given its hard-working athletes fame and recognition that will not only benefit them, but their respective families. The 2014 League of Legends Worlds final attracted 32M views; on the other hand, the 2013 NBA final was only able to attract half of that astonishing figure; moreover, the League of Legends final was streamed on the Internet only while the NBA final was accessible through channels such as beIN Sports on local cable TV. Not only do League of Legends Worlds finals rack up more views than traditional sports, it also managed to fill the Seoul World Cup Stadium which has a capacity of 66,704 attendees. Furthermore, all eSports athletes are all avid video game players who are finally finding a media to share their expertise in videogames on. In the past, videogames expertise was not regarded as something to look up to, but now eSports athletes gain recognition that they enjoy and support their personal families financially. Additionally, according toBBC, the U.S. acknowledges its eSports athletes as professional athletes by providing them with visas equal to that of a “regular athlete.”
Despite all the groundbreaking facts presented to the naysayers, they still have a way of rebutting through the claim that sport does not actually involve any means of physical exertion. To some extent, the claim is partially right as the players do not exert physical activity; yet, the athletes go through such a tough time trying to break their opponent psychologically, which is mentally exhausting. To further refute this argument, similarly to eSports, chess is considered a sport; the fact that it is a sport contradicts the naysayers claim: chess players do not move or exert any physical activities when playing, but they try to beat their opponent mentally through a set of predetermined tactics.
All in all, eSports are evolving to a fully-fledged sport, renowned for its motor skills and a high degree of tactical planning. With the years progressing by and everything changing, eSports are becoming an actual sport that demands countless hours of practice, requires a healthy lifestyle, and garners a lot of global attention. To wrap it up, the rapid evolvement of the gaming industry has allowed once absurd claims to be true; it is up to the old folks and irrational naysayers to take a chance and place one step forward into the promising future of eSports.