I wonder if we can discuss this topic without getting angry at one another? That is today's challenge. Is eSports an actual sport? I'd love to hear your opinions on that.
To begin with I'd like to posit a disclaimer of sorts: saying eSports isn't a sport isn't necessarily an attempt to discredit it.
I mean, calling chess a 'game' instead of a 'sport' doesn't demean the incredible effort that is required to play it on a high level, it merely reflects the belief of many that playing a sport requires some sort of physical activity.
I guess it all comes down to how you define the word 'sport'.
Me? I'm not sure. Part of me thinks that the sheer physical nature of eSports — the reaction times required — are enough for eSports to be a sport. Another part of me believes that some sort of physical exertion is required for something to be called a sport.
In other words, I'm sitting on the fence as per usual.