Gaming is a skillful hobby or pastime. Because of this, gaming is not and never will be a sport. Let me explain.
Imagine if I played a sport in the real world, but it was on a ball field, with teams, rivalries, players and rules that was organized like a normal sport.
Would I consider it a sport? Absolutely not.
This is because I don’t compete against others. I don’t play against a coach who wants me to improve at a game, win a championship or get a trophy for my efforts.
I don’t compete with fellow players who are competing against the game and will stop playing at the slightest hint of defeat. In fact, I don’t even compete against myself in a game.
There are a number of games that do that. A person can “kill” another human being, or their avatar, and still enjoy playing. People cheat in games to gain an unfair advantage.
People cry or get angry after losing because they think they are not good enough or that they didn’t have a chance. There is no level playing field.
When these types of things happen in a game, it is called cheating and it is wrong. In reality, though, we are human and we have emotions, which we express, and sometimes even aggression, which we experience in real life.
When we don’t compete against others in a tournament, play multiplayer in a league or find ourselves at the mercy of a computer or console, are we even participating in a game?
Are we really experiencing the fun and satisfaction that comes with playing a sport?
What makes e sports different is that people are actually participating. They get physical when they compete and are physically active while they are competing.
We see competitors in video games, but we don’t see them kicking a soccer ball around or playing with another soccer ball.
People have physical contact with each other while competing. That is why many e sports teams are more like a team in sports than just “hanging out.”
They stay together and live together in houses so that they can form a brotherhood and stay close. They train together and spend time together to improve their skills.
Teams are constructed like basketball and football teams. They share similar philosophies and use tactics and strategies from other sports to win games.
In fact, some teams have names similar to other teams in other sports, like Golden State Warriors, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, LA Lakers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots.
What’s more, unlike in other sports, in e sports, players are not competing against other players, but they are competing with computer programs.
No physical contact. Unlike in sports, there is no contact between competitors in e sports.
There is no hitting, blocking, tackling, lunging or throwing. Video games have a reputation of being violent and players have even gotten in trouble for verbally threatening others and actually initiating physical contact.
Most e sports leagues have a zero-tolerance policy.
Contestants compete on a level playing field. Competitors are all of the same age, but they have different skill levels.
They play the same game, on a PC, console or mobile device.
Competition and cooperation. Once the games begin, the competitors develop strategies to try and win. They work together and, in some cases, even help each other if they lose a match and are near the same score.
Players don’t compete against each other, but with the game.
Competition is good for everyone. In fact, competitive sport, especially in the age of performance-enhancing drugs, is a much more common occurrence in today’s society than it used to be.
Competition keeps us focused on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a safe environment.
Being on a team can improve relationships with others, and, in many cases, it helps friendships to blossom. Team sports are a great way to motivate others to work towards a common goal, even if the end goal is to beat the opponent.
High schools and universities often have sports programs, and when you’re in school, you have a chance to meet new friends.
The benefits of competition don’t stop at school. In fact, competitions are very common in many sports.
While they may be used in some events as a way to motivate, athletes may also compete against each other in order to win.
For example, soccer and basketball players are often paired together and play against each other. On the other hand, in track and field, you may compete against someone else to win a medal for your country or to set a world record.
Top performers in many sports have received thousands of dollars, in addition to medals and awards.
Perhaps what’s even more exciting than the prizes is that these rewards and accolades come because people want to compete.
In today’s society, almost everything is competition based, from dating and having a job to excelling in a game.
Wouldn’t you rather choose something that’s challenging, rewarding and fun, than something you find boring and challenging?
The next time you go shopping, and you see the employees doing an excellent job of cleaning up the store, helping customers, or helping you to find an item, try taking a little bit of credit for their hard work.
You just might be putting some of their ideas into practice.
Remember, everything you do will be experienced and perceived by other people. As a result, many of your actions will be judged against the trends in society.
For example, people will be judging you more harshly if you’re fat, ugly, lazy, loud or other negative things.
One of the most common ways to improve your game is to practice. In the end, the only way you’re going to improve is to put in the work.