Have you ever debated whether or not the world of gaming can be put on the same level with conventional sports? This is a puzzle that has prompted numerous heated arguments: Is gaming truly a sport? It would be IMPOSSIBLE to ignore the meteoric rise of eSports and how it has pushed gaming into arenas and stadiums which are now being filled by audiences that rival those of even football matches.


Over the past four years, however, eSports live streaming viewership has exploded to 600 MILLION viewers in 2024 from just 200 million viewers. ESports not only possesses a tremendous following, but also enjoys recognition as an authentic competitive discipline. This change forces us to question our preconceptions and think about what this word really means in today’s digital era when we talk about ‘sports’! So let’s do some deeper analysis to unfold the answer Einstein could never answer: Is gaming really a sport?



Remember the pleasure of playing video games with your pals as a child after school? It’s unimaginable that from such humble beginnings, gaming has evolved to the world of eSports where it’s not just about playing but competing on a global stage.


It is not just an interest anymore but for many a professional activity. Gaming has now taken up another level and become more serious and thrilling with its own professional leagues, teams and even coaches. But it’s becoming clear that this was no longer just another game when eSports found itself in major sporting events– it was a sport in its own right. This transformation from casual relaxation to professional eSports is a journey that has pushed players like me and you into the limelight, bringing together players and followers from ALL. OVER. THE. GLOBE. Therefore, as a fan you play an important role in this vibrant world of eSports and future victories.



Now, let’s discuss what really defines a sport. Traditionally, we think of sports as activities that require physical exertion, skill, competition, and even teamwork. But where does that leave eSports? At first glance, you might question how sitting in front of a screen could compare to running on a field. Yet, when we look closer, the dots begin to join up.


eSports athletes invest countless hours in honing their skills, much like ANY traditional athlete. Their arena, though digital, demands intense focus, quick reflexes, and strategic thinking. The competition is fierce, with players from around the world battling it out in tournaments that draw MASSIVE audiences both online and in-person.


Moreover, teamwork often plays a crucial role in eSports, with players working together to outplay their opponents. This blend of skill, competition, and teamwork underlines that eSports shares more with traditional sports than one might initially think.


So, as we explore this question together, consider all these factors together as we find the answer to this frustrating question.




eSports today has captivated millions of fans around the world and generated significant revenue that reaches into the billions. In terms of viewership and popularity, the eSports industry has started to overtake traditional sports in the past 10 years. The COVID-19 pandemic did however contribute to this phenomenon.


This isn’t just a casual pastime anymore; it’s an industry characterised by professional players, huge tournaments, and substantial financial stakes.


Tournaments and competitions in eSports are just as structured and competitive as those in traditional sports, with events ranging from local and regional contests to national leagues and EVEN global championships. Professional gamers prepare for these events with the dedication of Olympic athletes, dedicating countless hours to practise, strategy development, and game analysis.


Moreover, the lifestyle of professional eSports players even mirrors that of traditional athletes, involving strict training programmes, dietary considerations, and mental health practices to maintain peak performance levels at all times.


This evolution of eSports from a hobby to a professional, highly competitive and impactful industry underscores its importance in the broader sports landscape. With its own superstars, dedicated fan base, and headline-making events, eSports ticks ALL the boxes for a traditional sport. 



eSports faces a few hurdles in being universally recognised as a sport. One MAJOR challenge is its’ perception of physical activity; traditional sports often involve INTENSE physical exertion of the entire body, while eSports primarily requires strategic thinking and mental strength. (We all know how frustrating games can be, right?)


Additionally, some people question whether eSports aligns with the ‘values’ traditionally associated with sports, such as teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness. However, these points can be countered with the argument we discussed in the previous section.


Despite these challenges, significant steps are being taken to integrate eSports into mainstream sports culture. For instance, discussions about including eSports in the Olympic Games highlight its growing legitimacy and recognition. Similarly, various sports organisations around the world have started to acknowledge eSports, either by hosting tournaments or by including eSports divisions. These developments are crucial in bridging the gap between eSports and traditional sports, helping to shift perceptions that some had previously.

And that my friends, concludes this article. I hope your understanding of eSports has broadened and it gives you some sense of curiosity to keep educating yourself on the topic. If that’s the case, why not take a look at our other articles on eSports, by clicking the link below.



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