The debate about whether esports is legitimate or not has been heating up since the games’ popularity in the last few years. The main argument is that esports does not have a physical component, whereas “real” sports like football or basketball require the player to be physically fit and agile and to have endurance, among others. Physical exertion is the most emphasized part of the argument because, when you’re playing the ball, you’re running, sweating, and burning a lot of calories.
Well, what of other recognized Olympic sports, like curling, artistic swimming, and archery? All these sports require some sort of movement, but they don’t necessarily make you excessively sweat or pant or require you to be strong.
Not every sport needs full-body coordination. The point is that everything requires movement and that includes moving your fingers and wrists as you hold a mouse and keyboard or console.
You don’t get any real advantage when you use strength, quickness, or agility when you play sports. Being a quick thinker or knowing how to plan, however, can make a difference. For example, you don’t get points for pushing your pieces in chess with grace or for doing it very accurately, because it has its own set of rules.
Perhaps the most common things that both physical sports and esports have are competition, prize money, and prestige. There are a lot of requirements to become a professional esports athlete. First off, you require to play your chosen game at a high level. In fact, being a high-ranked player is a requisite condition to meet.
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Most esports games played in tournaments are multiplayer, so a pro gamer should be flexible enough to play with a team. It takes a lot of practice, dedication, and cunning to be able to formulate and stick to game plans at a high-stakes competition, and those are the same things that “real sport” athletes need. There are a lot more similarities, and a thorough infographic would be the best way to compare the two. Read on for more information.