Should games be considered a sport?
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I'm going to start off by laying down rules and definitions, since my opponent has failed to do so.
Round 1: Acceptance round
Round 2: Opening and arguments
Round 3: Counter-Arguments and closings
Sport: an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature
Video game: any of various games played using a microcomputer with a keyboard and often joysticks to manipulate changes or respond to the action or questions on the screen.
Sport: diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.
Games are a pleasant past time.
Now back to the original definition. While yes, I understand the definition of the word athlete is not how you would describe a gamer (a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.) However I still believe that gaming should be considered a sport. There are sports called e-sports that are gaming sports, and the players participating in e-sports share some similarities to players in physical sports. Gamers in e-sports train very hard in their free time, just like an athlete. They also have to have extreme skill to have a chance at e-sports, just like players in physical sports. I disagree with what Con says about "just using a controller." They are facing off 1v1 or they are facing off with a team. Either way they are competing with each other, but they just don't happen to have physical contact or movement in an arena/court. They are competing with each other in-game. One more similarity is that gamers in e-sports to earn a lot of money for winning (and sometimes a trophy,) this makes e-sports even more competitive since they are competing for money or a trophy.
Thank you Con for an interesting debate, and thank you to any of you who voted!
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Vote Placed by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Tie. Both had proper conduct throughout the debate. S&G - Tie. Both had adequate spelling and grammar throughout. Arguments - Pro. Pertaining to the definitions given by Pro, he was able to build a compelling case utilizing many real-world scenarios/events to show that games are indeed a sport. This was done by showing how competitive video game play and tournaments meet the standards set by the definitions of the key terms within the resolution. Con attempted valiantly to rebut his arguments, but ultimately left a few arguments remaining standing and was rebutted perfectly by Pro. Due to these reasons, Pro wins arguments. Sources - Tie. Neither utilized sources in this debate.
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