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Incomes for the top gamers are also rising quickly. One of the players was recently reported to be making over $800k US per year.

5 years ago this game was nowhere and now it's in stadiums. In another 5 years it's kind of crazy to think how big this esports world will become if it keeps growing.

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Guess they'll be testing for diabetes and not steroid abuse with those fatties.

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I think its as much of a sport as golf and pool are. It does require a large amount of awareness, strategy, and mechanical skill. While definitely most of the players are quite nerdy, it is a hard game to master. I can totally understand if people don't find it appealing. Diabetes or not, they're making money doing the thing they love and I can't fault them for doing that.
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I'm sure BA is joking (kinda )

Interestingly enough though, a lot of those pro gamers have started to take it a lot more seriously now that it's become a real job with big money and many of them workout regularly and eat healthy.

It's actually a requirement of some gaming team sponsors that they have set regimes for practice/gym to stay focused.

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I know they consider pool, chess, etc. to be "sports" but I would consider them games. Sports should have some level of physical effort. I've never been sweating at the end of a game of pool (bowling however is a different story!)
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car racing: also not a sport

i would not think of video games of sports as sports themselves, ever...moreso another sign of humanity's imminent doom
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I think its as much of a sport as golf and pool are. It does require a large amount of awareness, strategy, and mechanical skill. While definitely most of the players are quite nerdy, it is a hard game to master. I can totally understand if people don't find it appealing. Diabetes or not, they're making money doing the thing they love and I can't fault them for doing that.
I can definitely understand pool, but definitely not golf. You spend hours walking around, outside and you use muscles that you wouldn't usually use, and it simply is a sport. And this League of Legends is definitely not a sport.
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car racing: also not a sport

i would not think of video games of sports as sports themselves, ever...moreso another sign of humanity's imminent doom
Car racing is an interesting one, because the best car racers have to stay in tip top condition.
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car racing: also not a sport

i would not think of video games of sports as sports themselves, ever...moreso another sign of humanity's imminent doom
Those Formula 1 drivers are crazy fit though, the amount of g forces their body has to withstand is insane. One of my friend's brothers is an ex-formula 1 racer and just seeing the amount of physical training he had to do is insane.

I guess a big part of this 'sport or no sport' debate is whether you consider physical hand/eye co-ordination and strategy enough to be considered a sport or not.

Though the way I see it, whether our generation approves of video games as a sport or not really doesn't matter because the up and coming generation will make it happen and call it a sport regardless of what we think.

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