Sunday, October 4, 2015

Thoughts On e-Sports

eSports: Not what it's cracked up to be...

In the past on the Gaming Journalist Gazette I talked about gaming competitions such as tournaments and related events and why things like that would be helpful for gaming communities. While I do still stand by what I said in those past blog entries, I want to keep it in perspective with this follow-up blog entry. While I believe that it would be fun to have gaming tournaments between gamers who just like the idea of engaging in interesting competitions, I also believe that a bit of caution needs to be taken by gamers.

As you have probably become aware of by now, the eSports scene in the world is a huge industry. It's a billion dollar industry, and that alone is a scary thought, in my honest opinion. It's one thing for gamers to practice at games so they can improve their skills, but it's a completely different story when those gamers start obsessing over a single game and devote so much time to it that the game becomes some sort of religion to them. This is where I feel that you as a gamer need to take a step back and think about what you are doing.

Now concerning the link to a Yahoo! news piece on Colin Cowherd bashing eSports and explaining why he feels sports outlets like ESPN shouldn't be broadcasting eSports... To a certain degree, Cowherd is right about the issues on eSports. However, and this has always been my issue with the talking heads of mainstream media outlets, Colin Cowherd really shouldn't be the guy saying this. If anything, he is one of the many attention-seeking reporters out there, just wanting to hear himself talk. He comes across as a guy who thinks he is above certain things like video games, and that he has expert knowledge on something he clearly hasn't spent an abundance of time getting familiar with.

To express my most candid opinion on eSports, it would have to be this. Playing video games is NOT a sport.

There, I said it.

Playing video games is not a sport because they just don't compare to what professional athletes actually do out on the fields of play. Compared to actual sports like baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, etc. video games don't require much physical skill aside from the fact that you are just pressing buttons on a controller, and even that can be debated as to how physical that is.

The eSports industry is a huge industry that has built itself on the false belief that the gamers who participate in these competitions are superstars for whatever reason, and once the hype train starts rolling on the tracks for one gamer, it's hard to slow that hype train down. Granted that a gamer can make boat loads of cash engaging in this industry, but when it comes to the principle of this, I have to say that I'm 100% not in favor of how the eSports scene is currently constructed.

Um... I don't have words for this
I'm not opposed to participating in gaming tournaments where a group of friends just get together and have fun, and I'm not opposed to gaming tournaments that are local, statewide or even national. I'm not even opposed to gamers receiving recognition for their accomplishments if they happen to win gaming tournaments, but the point of this post is to say that organizations and companies shouldn't blow things out of proportion. When you look at eSports today, that's exactly what's going on.

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