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EnglishGG
EnglishGG

I don't think that e-sports should be seen as a "SWEAT HARD OMG" sport,but more as a mind sport like chess.Honestly,it deserves to be seen as a sport because of its difficulty and the amount of skill required to win.It's a real insult to call people who watch e-sports "crazy" and I think that lady should choose better words,have some respect for the gamers.You don't really need to sweat for it to be a sport.Anyways,I guess you see my point.Don't call people who share a hobby you don't like "crazy". By the way,keep up the good work with GS News, Jess ^_^

Grant39
Grant39

Amped for another assassins creed!.. or two! bring it!

ekolite
ekolite

Jess Mcdonnell is a badass.

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

I don't think it should be called e-sports.  It should totally create its own genre something like . . . Cyber Interactive Competition (CIC)     .  Yeah I know, my name is cyberforce, but the thought didn't generate from there.   :)

blackace
blackace

I've never thought I video game competition as being a sport.  It's more a "competitive event". Chess, checkers, chutes & ladders, pinball, etc... = not a sport. It would be like calling Hell's Kitchen or Project Runway competitions a sport. Those guys have the same or more physical activity then gamers.

Marcello Mancini
Marcello Mancini

This isn't Video Game High School. Video games aren't a sport. Get over it people. Don't justify your over-gaming by calling yourselves athletes.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Wikipedia says:

However, a number of competitive, but non-physical, activities claim recognition as mind sports. The International Olympic Committee (through ARISF) recognises both chess 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]

With that and the fact that stuff like shooting, driving, chess etc. are all called sports, I don't see a reason why esports shouldn't be

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

Technically any movement of your body is physical activity, yes, but it's not exercise. You should be up moving all parts of your body, not sitting in a chair.

Alexander IkeaSwede Eriksson
Alexander IkeaSwede Eriksson

physical activity? And were is the line for that? First off - MOST eSport people do "real sports" to keep in shape, and to improve their skills needed in the game. Second off - you are sitting at a computer yes - but you ARE moving your body. (arms) that is, activity. Physical activity. I do suppose in your opinion "YO GOTTA SWEAT" is what you're looking for.

Richard Woo
Richard Woo

"sport" an activity involving physical exertion, "physical exertion" - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit ... esport isnt a sport,

usedfanhalo117
usedfanhalo117

I'd say, let's we make a World Gaming Championship/Olympic, and forget about this eSport stuff, who cares about games being sport when you have fun in it? just make a competition and have fun!!

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

I completely disagree that gaming 'esports' are actually sports... unless its something like DDR or whatever, then, no... its NOT a sport.. people sitting on their buttocks playing Starcraft is hardly exerting much energy.. its a game, like chess.. or checkers. or backgammon.. not a sport... 

as for my game of the year, its The Last of Us.. Only own PC and PS3 so that narrows my choices down.. Happy Holidays to one and all.. except numbskull fanboys...

plark2
plark2

gaming is a beautiful hobby, but never a sport, couldnt agree more

joshzen
joshzen

Not a sport as it doesn't require any athletic ability.  It's certainly not easy but we don't call professional chess playing or painting a portrait a "sport" either.

Battle_Pants
Battle_Pants

Clay target shooting is a sport, it's even in the olympics. If that's a "real" sport then e-sport is a "real" sport

quaker04
quaker04

Honestly, I'd love to go to bar and drink with my friends while watching a Counter-Strike championship. Whether it is or not a sport, I really think this is a matter of audience acceptance and if there is money into that, no really the "how exhausted you get playing a game on console/PC".

Zombrex
Zombrex

Here's the problems with gaming as a sport:

1.) You're only viewing matches(generally) from one persons point of view. There would have to be some way for the entire match to be viewed from a broad perspective for it to be entertaining. Imagine watching American football from the helmet cam of one player at a time for long periods of time.

2.) The sport is too disparate for people to truly take interest. There are so many different genres, leagues and tournaments that it's hard for people to keep track. With a lack of a central governing board for the sport, you can't have cohesion.

3.) Gaming in general is not a passive sport. People don't like to sit and watch others play for the most part. MOBA, RTS and other strategy games are the exception because it fits the bill for point number one.

4.) There hasn't been a tv channel that has stepped up and taken the risk of broadcasting any sort of gaming matches. Sure you have Twitch and Ustream and all the other live streaming services, but there needs to be an "ESPN of gaming" for it to take root. Sometimes people have to be shown what they want in order for them to actually want it. If that makes sense.


Those are just my thoughts on the subject. Keep in mind there was never a call for ESPN at first and all it ever showed was professional bull riding. It quickly took hold and people started to give a crap about televised bull riding and then ESPN was able to secure more sports for its network to make it the multi-channel sports juggernaut it is today. Imagine if MLG had multiple channels each covering a different genre with set match schedules with each game being covered from a spectator view. I think only then would esports truly take root. 

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Oh no more half assed assassins creed games.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

My personal opinion  is that sport is something which involves physical activity and so i do not consider video gaming as sport But arguably Esport is just like chess, If chess tournament can be considered sport than so can be esport. the definition of sport is 


"an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment."

rupti
rupti

Real sport? No, not really. But to say it's stupid and people who watch it are crazy? Come on. How is watching a dota match different from watching a basketball match?
Yeah so the players don't have to be in great physical shape but it requires strategy and skill and can be insanely intense.

Ignorants gonna ignorant

stev69
stev69

Allow me to rectify this "controversy". Q. Is eSports is a real sport? Answer. No. /End thread

kingdre
kingdre

I guess using your fingers to click a mouse or tap a keyboard is technically physical "exertion".

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

LOL Wii U is just getting started. 5 years from now: The Wii U is just getting started.


No problem, Nintendo. I will buy the console once it is really getting started.

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

Sport requires physical exertion and training to push yourself.further and further, being sat on your arse in your mum's basement isn't even.close to being a sport, it's sad

t0a5t3r
t0a5t3r

What is up with this obsession with comparing esports to real sports. Who cares. Esports is great. Leave it at that, brand it that way. Traditional sports are great, leave it at that. One word that would bridge it all together is "Competition". Maybe everyone can settle on that?

Kickable
Kickable

whoa. bout time they made another AC game.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

If electronic sports are not sport, neither is golf or, for that matter, anything that isn't military based. Football would barely be a 'sport' under that restrictive definition. Sport means contest. I am pretty sure it's a contest, which is a synonym of 'sport'.

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

Glistening pearls, flawless jewels of the earth, gold sands and gem rivers cannot measure thy worth.

Cameron Lale
Cameron Lale

Well, if you google definition of sport... an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

pauleffect
pauleffect

is chess a sport? poker maybe?

of course. mind sport. olympic, actually. 


mind sport is a sport or a game of skill where the mental component is more significant than the physical.


eSports not being sports it's the dumbest thing i've heard today.


nate1222
nate1222

I agree with Yoshida's last remark. Nintendo does bring a lot of new people to gaming. Some of their stuff definitely appeals to the core fans, but less as time goes on.

No. I don't think that eSports is a "real" sport.  When I workout, it's with weights at a gym three times per week. As much as I enjoy gaming as an entertainment medium, I think the whole eSport thing is just another cash cow.

I like gaming, but I don't treat it as a lifestyle..

Dale Gunz
Dale Gunz

I have a feeling they're going to do one in China or during the French Revolution/Victorian Era.

Shawn Johanson
Shawn Johanson

Well yeah, they actually add new things to Assassins Creed games.

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

Correct. I feel like sports should involve some physical activity.

Shea Foley
Shea Foley

You're just arguing your opinion.

Billy Burton
Billy Burton

I have nothing against esports but dislike them being compared to real sports. i don't want to see the 100m sprint in the same category as the call of duty deathmatch.

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

Chess isn't either. They may be officially recognized as sports, but they're not really sports.

SHusien
SHusien

"Esports" is not a real sport sorry, more of a classification of a sports type.  League of Legends, DOTA, Counter-Strike, etc. on the other hand I would consider sports, but in retrospec nomenclature doesn't matter.  The guys/gals that play these games professionally have salaries, sponsors, train regularly, and even have their own reality shows; just like traditional athletes.  So I would say they can call it whatever they want, as long as they just don't stop doing what they love.

Dreamspeeder
Dreamspeeder

Physical exertion is the only thing separating the definition of a sport from the spirit of one, that being the competitive use of skill against an opponent for the entertainment of others. In this regard, I see no reason why eSports couldn't be broadcast in the same vein as physical sports for viewer entertainment.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Pretty sure chess, poker and sitting in a car is all called sport as well :s

durpdurp1234
durpdurp1234

No, idiot, sport means an activity that requires physical exertion. It doesn't even have to be a contest, there doesn't have to be winners or losers.

nate1222
nate1222

Agreed.

I'm no athlete, I just lift weights a few times per week. But I don't think button presses, stick movements, key strokes, and mouse clicks count as "physical activity" either.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@Dreamspeeder I like that justification for eSports as a "real" sport, but I'm still undecided on the issue.  Yes, eSports are competitive like sports, but I always pictured sports as something you do outside or at least in a large indoor arena in order to get exercise.  Sports have, in my life, been the thing you do because you have been playing too many video games.  So I'm undecided.