Should professional video gamers be considered athletes? | The Tylt

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Global revenue in the eSports arena is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2019. Recent studies say training to become a professional gamer can be just as physically taxing as any other professional sport, and professional 'League of Legends' players are granted the same travel visa as other professional athletes. But critics say video games do not require physical skill or strength—the hallmarks of a traditional athlete. What do you think? Vote below.

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'League of Legends' championships can fill entire football stadiums, draw up to 32 million viewers and pay out millions of dollars in prizes and sponsorships to professional players. How is this not a sport?

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And just like in any other professional sport, video gamers' skills decline rapidly with age. Most professional players peak before 24 years of age. It's tough to keep up with the grueling training schedule and maintain the reflexes necessary to compete professionally.

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But let's get real: We're talking about playing video games. Some pro gamers are as "healthy" as a 60-year-old, and maintain truly terrible diets and habits that would not be tolerated in most professional sports. Many are in worse physical shape than your average person.

"Someone of this age should be much fitter, but perhaps this is the occupational hazard of the professional gamer who can spend around 10 hours a day in front of a screen."
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And while Riot Games has been successful in securing P-1 visas for professional 'League of Legends' players, the rest of the industry has not. How can eSports really be a sport if the U.S. government does not consider the majority of professional video gamers athletes?

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The Internet seems torn on whether or not gamers are athletes, especially as more and more sponsors pour money into the exploding eSports industry. But many people think it's insulting to "actual" athletes to refer to gamers as athletes.

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Would the perception change if the Olympics added video games to its rotation of sports?

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However, a growing number of professionals (including doctors) are trying to make the case that professional gamers are athletes. They even go to the gym!

FINAL RESULTS
Should professional video gamers be considered athletes?
A festive crown for the winner
#GamersAreAthletes
#NerdsNotAthletes
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