Up For Debate - Are eSports fans also Sports fans?

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 4:22 PM
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With the surging rise of eSports and eSports leagues, there is a general debate on whether eSports are actually a sport in their own right. With lots of games emulating certain sporting programs and leagues, the discussion becomes more and more relevant each day. But today I don’t want to talk about the actual Leagues or competitors within them, instead I want to focus on the audience, or the fans so to speak.

Gamers and Sportspeople (is that how you call them?) aren’t exactly always considered in the same field. But the audience members are totally different. What I want to know is: can eSports fans enjoy watching sports just as much? Or what about sports fans? Can they enjoy eSports just as much?

Let’s take Rocket League for example: essentially it’s soccer… but with cars. So are Rocket League fans secretly fans of normal football/soccer? Personally I couldn’t care less about football, which is probably why I’m not that interested in Rocket League. But I’m wondering if there are any Rocket League fans out there who are not interested in normal football (I say normal football but I mean soccer without cars, which is just soccer. Great now the word soccer sounds weird to me. Soccer, soccer, soccer. See? Wait what were we talking about again?). Alternatively if I got a die-hard footie fan in my room and put Rocket League in front of them would they enjoy it just as much as FIFA? Or would I just have a drunk in my house singing strange chants? How long will it be until we've got Rocket League away fans throwing bikes in Dutch canals and smashing up cafes?

There’s an interesting line between eSports and… well, sports. Whilst eSports allow for a level of engagement and unique imagination unbound by real-world limitations, many people in the sports industry are now heavily interested in eSports. Maybe we can finally have eSports widely recognised as an actual sporting event with just as real stakes and struggles. Or maybe eSports should be classed differently, essentially isolating itself in its own field of expertise and training, which would essentially be reflected by how many of the fans are into both sports and eSports.

It’s an interesting one to think about and I would be very intrigued to know how many of you are just as interested in both, or how many of you are bigger fans of either one!

What are you most interested in?

Should eSports be considered as normal Sports?

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13:55 Jan-20-2020

I'm no hardcore fan but when i got time i do watch (and play :P) sport and esport, like basketball and league of legends.


Also lol no they are not the same thing xD, what is next vr sex is the same as real sex... like wtf who is even coming up with this >_>

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14:45 Jan-18-2020

Esports are esports...they are not sports and they most certainly do not belong on espn or any other sports channel..however I’m not disrespecting it, it has its crowd and it’s definitely it’s own thing

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11:07 Jan-18-2020

I follow dota competition and fans of GGMU

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22:07 Jan-17-2020

It's not a sport. Sport embodies and exemplifies the achievements in human endurance, skill or mastery of some art. eSports can be called that but should not be called Sports. It's an affront to all sportsperson. It's a big industry that is mainly focused on entertainment.
To quote @Havoc92
"eSports are not sports. End of story."

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17:43 Jan-18-2020

Please tell me, that eg. Football isn't a big industry, that mainly focuses on entertainment.

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18:52 Jan-17-2020

IMO every activity, in which one competes against another (no, not war :D ) is a sport of some sort. Football, Counter Strike, Food eating contest, Chess, you name it. If there is something to win, and you need to compete with others, and because of that you train hard the necessary skills, it's a sport. No doubt.

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18:42 Jan-17-2020

its same as chess its not a sport but it is, idk what is the definition of sport

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17:07 Jan-17-2020

eSports are not sports. End of story.

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17:15 Jan-17-2020

Thank you


Sports is sports
eSports is eSports


There might be some aspects that will definitely overlap each other, but they're two different things imo

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19:09 Jan-17-2020

The only thing that overlaps is dedication. To me sports = physical activity, diet etc. I’m a fan of snooker and ex semi pro cyclist and snooker, for example, isn’t that physical. I see it closer to what esports are which is entertainment than cycling, swimming, power lifting or other.

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17:32 Jan-17-2020

but it is sport. Same as racing. I think they count rasing as a sport too, but what u do all day? Sit in a car? Its the same. Also it is Esport.

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18:50 Jan-17-2020

Racing is just sitting in a car? Hah. This discussion keeps getting brought up over and over. esports by definition of name are electronic and sports are done in the physical world. I never understood why people feel the need to prove (to themselves? to old sports fans?) that esports should be brought under the banner of sports as a whole. People fighting over some old farts finally accepting and recognizing esports. Bah, esports are their own thing and should be respected as such, as they most often already are. btw The article header made little sense, asking one thing and then derailing into the same-old-same-old entirely

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16:44 Jan-17-2020

I am a fan of both, but to me esports feels less professional in most respects - even down to diet, exercise and healthy sleep (which are all important with regard to performance). I believe that this may have to do with esports being fledgling in terms of age. I understand winning money is based largely off advertising and I don't care how much anyone is paid..but esports still needs time.

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16:43 Jan-17-2020

Dont watch either but i do know that competitive esports(professional lvl) are a full time job and even as you get older your response time lowers and you become less competitive. Both are nearly the same.

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16:33 Jan-17-2020

An eSports fan is just like a Sports fan. I'll give my example, I love football (the one they call soccer in freedom land) and I am constantly discussing about players, teams and tactics with my family, as for eSports when I used to play...

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16:35 Jan-17-2020

LoL a few years ago I watched the professional matches with a couple of my friends and we used to discuss the players, teams and tactics, in the end, IMO, the difference isn't very large as you can see, only the audience might be different.

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