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Should games be considered a sport?

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Started: 11/17/2014 Category: Games
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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People gather at a basketball stadium. But they are not there to watch the game, they are there to watch a video game championship! Are games considered a sport? Video game championships are like golf and baseball championships; you earn money and play a game of some type. It is a sport? Or is it just for entertainment?


I accept the debate.

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.
Debate Round No. 1


Games are not a sport. They are simply for entertainment because they have no exercise involved and it may seem that you are playing against one another but you are using a controller, not a basketball or some other ball. Sure, you earn money but you just sit around with a controller in your hand just to beat the game.


There was another definition of sport I failed to explain in the first round
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.
Debate Round No. 2


You still have to use SOMETHING in order to face each other. When you play pvp you have to be on a side. What you are saying really seems to me that you are wanting to go for REAL sports, not game sports. The e-sports still have to be on a game in order to play them. They sound like you are doing a sport like baseball but it is either on a console or on a console that involves movement to make it seem like you are really playing a game. Even if you do win a trophy or cash for winning an e-game you are still playing it on a device of some type. It is like Minecraft. You can do pvp on it but you still use a device to beat everyone. A e-game is just like that.


Con has stated that gaming isn't a sport because you're "using a device to face off." Now here is my question: does it matter? Does it matter that you are using a device to play? First of all there are some really competitive games out there (COD, Starcraft, WOW, Hearthstone, Battlefield, etc.) and Minecraft is really not competitive. Does it matter to the audience that they are using a device to play? I think more people would watch 2 guys fight with gladiators in a game than seeing ACTUAL people speared and sliced. Physical sports (or "real sports" as Con says) and e-sports share so many similarities that e-sports should be grouped together with physical sports in the group called "Sports." Again, both are competitive, skill based, PvP, and fun for an audience to watch. The participants from both sports spend a great deal of time practicing (yes, competitive gamers PRACTICE) and I think it is unfair that the athletes get more recognition because they participate in a physical sport, competitive gamers work just as hard as athletes, just not in the same department.

Thank you Con for an interesting debate, and thank you to any of you who voted!
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Rubikx 1 year ago
I'm confused here.. are you saying video games are a sport or that video games are not a sport?
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Vote Placed by Blade-of-Truth 1 year 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.