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Esports is a Professional Sport Argument

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Esports contain every element needed to be viewed as a sport. This industry has grown to surpass many of the “traditional” sports that you know and admire. If someone can agree that chess and darts are a sport, there is no way you cannot see the same in Esports. The strategy and skill at the highest level, can only be achieved by a professional. Millions of people watch these professionals being the best in the world and growth has not slowed. This area of new sports has yet to find common ground with the general public, once you see the numbers, take part, watch an event, you will agree that is a sport. Sports have had hundreds of years to establish themselves and be taught around the world, yet the majority of sports are not evolving and have remained stagnant in growth in recent history. However the esports scene is constantly evolving. Picture 1 (https://www.live-production.tv/news/sports/league-legends-final-2015-remote-production-berlin-los-angeles.html) What do all sports have in common? Live events, dedicated fans, stadiums. ...read more.

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The national sport of Spain is bullfighting, a “sport” where you must a man tries to slaughter a bull before it can hurt him. I would bet that the majority of the world would hear this and be skeptical of it being a sport, let alone a national one, yet it is nationally recognised. Now imagine if bullfighting was added to the olympics when it was hosted in spain. You would be taken aback. So when France is in talks to add esports to the olympics in 2024, I would not be surprised if you were taken aback. However if an entire countries worth of people watch it as a sport, you must consider both a sport. Esports has the viewership and easily is as difficult to become a professional in as any other sport. What else is there. An athlete. A professional in a sport. Whilst it may be hard to see esports pro’s as athletes, there are many comparisons. We believe that a F1 driver is an athlete. ...read more.

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Esports ticks all of these boxes. How much does Esports have to prove by itself till the rest of the world will back it up? It's only a matter of time. Sources SportTechie. 2019. Arlington Esports Stadium Opens As Largest Esports Arena in America. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.sporttechie.com/arlington-esports-stadium-opens-largest-esports-arena-north-america/. League of Legends Final 2015 - Remote Production Berlin - Los Angeles | LIVE-PRODUCTION.TV. 2019. League of Legends Final 2015 - Remote Production Berlin - Los Angeles | LIVE-PRODUCTION.TV. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.live-production.tv/news/sports/league-legends-final-2015-remote-production-berlin-los-angeles.html. UnrankedSmurfs.com. 2019. You'll Never Guess How Many People Play League of Legends 2019. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.unrankedsmurfs.com/blog/players-2017. . 2019. Most-watched esports tournaments record 190.1m live streaming hours - SportsPro Media. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/esports-tournaments-record-live-streaming-hours. Medium. 2019. New Sports; The Required Evolution of Esports – Tobias Sherman – Medium. [ONLINE] Available at: https://medium.com/@TumbaSherman/new-sports-the-required-evolution-of-esports-3b341cd51037. Lauren Gandara. 2019. Video games aren't sports | Talon Marks. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.talonmarks.com/opinion/2013/12/12/video-games-arent-sports/. blog.betway.com. 2019. No page title. [ONLINE] Available at: https://blog.betway.com/esports/esports-v-sports-is-the-future-of-sport-online/. Statista. 2019. • Top eSports championships by unique viewers 2018 | Statistic. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.statista.com/statistics/507491/esports-tournaments-by-number-viewers-global/. Matt Perez. 2019. Report: Esports To Grow Substantially And Near Billion-Dollar Revenues In 2018. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2018/02/21/report-esports-to-grow-substantially-and-near-a-billion-dollar-revenues-in-2018/#4faa5f672b01. ...read more.

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