Should e-sports become an Olympic sport?

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Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) 4 months, 23 days ago

Poll: Should e-sports become an Olympic sport? (64 votes)

yea 16%
no 84%

I thought about this after watching a match of curling and couldn't help but think I'd rather watch e-sports. What do you think?

#1 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (34053 posts) -

What exactly does curling have in common with competitive gaming?

Anyways, no it should not.

#2 Posted by Chutebox (36078 posts) -

Seeing how it's not a fucking sport, hell no

#3 Posted by hoyalawya (327 posts) -

#4 Edited by MBirdy88 (7026 posts) -

Prepare for a long ass debate about sports obsessed people saying "its not a sport" .... but then chess being included.

Not that I think any game touches chess.

but still.

e-sport is an esport. its a niche... I cant comprehend why people like watching curling... or hell even football, but they do... in droves.

#5 Edited by uninspiredcup (6535 posts) -
#6 Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) -

Starcraft 2 is pretty fun to watch competively

#7 Edited by moloch999 (125 posts) -

Olympics are based on old fashioned sports with a few new ones included. I think it's a slap in the face to considere e-sports in the same arena as real sports.

The closest thing you have is Wii Sports, and you might have an argument there.

#8 Edited by lostrib (31011 posts) -

No...it's not a sport, it's not even a physical activity

#9 Posted by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

It's a much more interesting "sport" than the majority of the mainstream sports so yeah sure, why not.

#10 Edited by blue_hazy_basic (27084 posts) -

Why not have an e-sports olympics rather than trying to shoe horn it in somewhere it doesn't belong?

#11 Edited by ninjapirate2000 (2882 posts) -

LOL. It's not even a sport.

#12 Posted by moloch999 (125 posts) -

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

#13 Posted by Consternated (478 posts) -

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

I'd love to see this at the Olympics.

#14 Edited by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

Why does a sport have to be an athletic activity?, even then you could consider gaming as a hand/finger-athletics :P

#15 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (8083 posts) -

What you're on about? I love curling!

#16 Edited by ninjapirate2000 (2882 posts) -

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

LOL. No it's not. Waggling your arms doesn't equal a sport.

#17 Posted by Kaze_no_Mirai (10859 posts) -

Definitely not, much less as a sport for the Olympics.

#18 Posted by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@moloch999 said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

LOL. No it's not. Waggling your arms doesn't equal a sport.

Tell that to swimmers and boxers etc. etc. it's all a whole lotta waggling if you break it down.

#19 Posted by Consternated (478 posts) -

@moloch999 said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

LOL. No it's not. Waggling your arms doesn't equal a sport.

You should see the disabled swimming :D

#20 Posted by CrownKingArthur (3496 posts) -

that would be a matter of discussion for the international olympic committee

besides. the olympics are sanctioned by WADA for anti-doping, which is unnecessary for esports.

#21 Posted by ninjapirate2000 (2882 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

@moloch999 said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

LOL. No it's not. Waggling your arms doesn't equal a sport.

Tell that to swimmers and boxers etc. etc. it's all a whole lotta waggling if you break it down.

Yeah but those take actually physical skills. Wii sports is not even 1 to 1 motion.

#22 Posted by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

@moloch999 said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

LOL. No it's not. Waggling your arms doesn't equal a sport.

Tell that to swimmers and boxers etc. etc. it's all a whole lotta waggling if you break it down.

Yeah but those take actually physical skills. Wii sports is not even 1 to 1 motion.

It's all physical. Hell even flappy bird is a helluva finger workout.

#23 Posted by Sushiglutton (5164 posts) -

There could be like a brain-olympics with Poker, Chess, e-sports and so on. Not that I would watch it though lol.

#24 Edited by CrownKingArthur (3496 posts) -

There could be like a brain-olympics with Poker, Chess, e-sports and so on. Not that I would watch it though lol.

because you'd be too busy winning all the events mate?

#25 Edited by Desmonic (12370 posts) -

Sports? No, not really for the definition implies physical activity is needed. (no, clicking buttons is not physical enough :P )

As mind sports (like chess for example)? Sure. After all some of the games in question do require high level thinking.

Source

However, a number of competitive, but non-physical, activities claim recognition as mind sports. The International Olympic Committee (through ARISF) recognises bothchess and bridge as bona fide sports, and SportAccord, the international sports federation association, recognises five non-physical sports,[4][5] although limits the amount of mind games which can be admitted as sports.[1]

#26 Posted by Couth_ (9908 posts) -

Half the garbage in the olympics aren't sports either

#27 Edited by Wild_man_22 (557 posts) -
#28 Edited by Snugenz (11355 posts) -
@Couth_ said:

Half the garbage in the olympics aren't sports either

Indeed, shooting is an Olympic sport and that's just pulling a trigger...

@Wild_man_22: You need to be more specific?

#29 Posted by JML897 (33108 posts) -

@moloch999 said:

@ninjapirate2000 said:

LOL. It's not even a sport.

Wii Sports is a sport, sorry to spoil the fun.

I'd love to see this at the Olympics.

Um

Do you realize that you can watch the actual sports represented in Wii Sports at the olympics? Boxing's an olympic sport, tennis is an olympic sport, golf will be at the next summer olympics

#30 Posted by Roler42 (406 posts) -

Taking a look at some of the Olympic sports... And also the things that are considered a sport outside of gaming...

I have to say I love the ironic hypocrisy from sports purists lol

#31 Edited by Renegade_Fury (16933 posts) -

@Chutebox said:

Seeing how it's not a fucking sport, hell no

This. lol @ the nerdy ass gamers always looking for acceptance.

#32 Posted by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@Chutebox said:

Seeing how it's not a fucking sport, hell no

This. lol @ nerdy ass gamers always looking for acceptance.

Looks at sig...

...yeah.

#33 Posted by Renegade_Fury (16933 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Chutebox said:

Seeing how it's not a fucking sport, hell no

This. lol @ nerdy ass gamers always looking for acceptance.

Looks at sig...

...yeah.

Problem? I see games and sports there.

#34 Edited by Gue1 (8998 posts) -

@lostrib
said:

No...it's not a sport, it's not even a physical activity

the word "sport" has been redefined many times, that's why stuff like poker is now considered a sport and not just a game like monopoly. These days anything where 2 or more people compete with a set of rules in place and minimal "luck" factor it's considered a sport.

#35 Edited by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Chutebox said:

Seeing how it's not a fucking sport, hell no

This. lol @ nerdy ass gamers always looking for acceptance.

Looks at sig...

...yeah.

Problem? I see games and sports there.

So you're not a nerdy ass gamer because you like some sports?, good one.

#36 Edited by Gue1 (8998 posts) -

couldn't stop laughing through the entire video and still laughing while writing this. XD

#37 Edited by LJS9502_basic (149332 posts) -

No. It's not a sport.

#38 Posted by Renegade_Fury (16933 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Chutebox said:

Seeing how it's not a fucking sport, hell no

This. lol @ nerdy ass gamers always looking for acceptance.

Looks at sig...

...yeah.

Problem? I see games and sports there.

So you're not a nerdy ass gamer because you like some sports?, good one.

No, I consider myself a nerd, just not a nerdy ass gamer looking for acceptance.

#39 Edited by JML897 (33108 posts) -
@Gue1 said:
@lostrib said:

No...it's not a sport, it's not even a physical activity

the word "sport" has been redefined many times, that's why stuff like poker is now considered a sport and not just a game like monopoly. These days anything where 2 or more people compete with a set of rules in place and minimal "luck" factor it's considered a sport.

Poker is not a sport. Just because it's on ESPN doesn't make it a sport

#40 Edited by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

No, I consider myself a nerd, just not a nerdy ass gamer looking for acceptance.

Acceptance, who's looking for acceptance?.

#41 Posted by R3FURBISHED (9931 posts) -

Absolutely not

#43 Posted by Renegade_Fury (16933 posts) -
@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Snugenz said:

No, I consider myself a nerd, just not a nerdy ass gamer looking for acceptance.

Acceptance, who's looking for acceptance?.

The general public. Some gamers just can't live with slights against their hobby, and so are desperately always looking for approval by the athletic or artistic community. Gamers that can't recognize that they're just playing with toys are a sad bunch.

#44 Posted by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Snugenz said:

No, I consider myself a nerd, just not a nerdy ass gamer looking for acceptance.

Acceptance, who's looking for acceptance?.

The general public. Some gamers just can't live with slights against their hobby, and so are desperately always looking for approval by the athletic or artistic community. Gamers that can't recognize that they're just playing with toys are a sad bunch.

That's a fairly backwards way of thinking in fairness, considering that the definitions of both toys and sports are changing constantly.

#45 Posted by Sushiglutton (5164 posts) -

@Sushiglutton said:

There could be like a brain-olympics with Poker, Chess, e-sports and so on. Not that I would watch it though lol.

because you'd be too busy winning all the events mate?

Maybe in the brain-paralympics :).

E-sport is such a drag to watch to me. I'd take any sport in the current Olympics (even curling) over it.

#46 Posted by donalbane (16126 posts) -

@mrintro said:

Starcraft 2 is pretty fun to watch competively

There's no athletic element, so no no no.

#47 Edited by Renegade_Fury (16933 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:
@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

No, I consider myself a nerd, just not a nerdy ass gamer looking for acceptance.

Acceptance, who's looking for acceptance?.

The general public. Some gamers just can't live with slights against their hobby, and so are desperately always looking for approval by the athletic or artistic community. Gamers that can't recognize that they're just playing with toys are a sad bunch.

That's a fairly backwards way of thinking in fairness, considering that the definitions of both toys and sports are changing constantly.

Uh huh, lol. If that sort of thinking helps you feel comfortable about playing games, more power to you.

#48 Edited by Snugenz (11355 posts) -

@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:
@Snugenz said:

@Renegade_Fury said:

@Snugenz said:

No, I consider myself a nerd, just not a nerdy ass gamer looking for acceptance.

Acceptance, who's looking for acceptance?.

The general public. Some gamers just can't live with slights against their hobby, and so are desperately always looking for approval by the athletic or artistic community. Gamers that can't recognize that they're just playing with toys are a sad bunch.

That's a fairly backwards way of thinking in fairness, considering that the definitions of both toys and sports are changing constantly.

Uh huh, lol. If that sort of thinking helps you feel comfortable about playing games, more power to you.

I don't need anything to feel comfortable about playing games, as a gamer it's kinda what i do with my spare time but it seems that you do need a safety net of sorts "i'm a gamer but i like sports aswell so that makes it ok" kinda thing, but yeah keep on truckin. Don't let them toys get ya down.

#49 Posted by bobbetybob (19077 posts) -
@MBirdy88 said:

Prepare for a long ass debate about sports obsessed people saying "its not a sport" .... but then chess being included.

Not that I think any game touches chess.

but still.

e-sport is an esport. its a niche... I cant comprehend why people like watching curling... or hell even football, but they do... in droves.

Chess isn't at the olympics either though. It's also one single game with one single set of rules and relies purely on strategy to win.

Games are not one single thing, there's tens of thousands of them, you'd have to select individual games to be classed as sports, not just "gaming" as a whole.

#50 Edited by cainetao11 (15599 posts) -

At least there is balance and a little fitness involved in curling. Try doing the sweeping, on ice, as fast as they do, as long and precise as they do. I haven't seen one obese curling, Olympian. I know two obese gamers, and I love them, but man, get outside folks. Plus where does gaming go? Summer or Winter?