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Is Playing Video Games a Sport?

About 100 million Americans are expected to watch the nation’s biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl, on February 3. But three months ago, almost as many people around the world watched two teams face off in the finals of a video game tournament. That competition, the League of Legends World Championship, is the biggest in e-sports (short for electronic sports).

As the popularity of e-sports continues to grow, more people are starting to consider playing video games a sport. More than 100 colleges in the U.S. now have e-sports teams. Many of those schools offer scholarships, just as they do for top athletes. The organizers of the Olympics are even considering adding e-sports competitions in the near future.

Still, many people say e-sports don’t belong in the same category as traditional sports. For one thing, they argue, an event isn’t a sport just because a lot of people watch it. They point out that cooking competitions and singing contests are shown on TV, but few people would consider either of them to be a sport.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

Just like football or soccer, e-sports are all about competition, concentration, and skill. The best players are so talented, they’re like the LeBron James of video games. Serious gamers spend many hours sharpening their skills. Some pro gaming teams practice for up to 50 hours a week.

Some people say playing video games doesn’t include physical activity, but that’s not always true. When I play Wii sports, I’m constantly moving around. Sometimes I even get out of breath.

A sport involves physical activity and skill. Playing video games takes skill. But it doesn’t require enough movement to make it a sport. In fact, people often sit for hours while playing video games. Actual sports, like basketball and swimming, help kids get the exercise they need to stay healthy.

Even though there are a lot of e-sports competitions, playing video games still is not a sport. After all, kids compete in a spelling bee at my school each year, but would you argue that spelling bees are a sport?

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