Sports has always been a large part of the world’s culture, and, as time goes on, its definition has broadened to include many new types of athletic activities. Now, another sport is being added to the long list of competitive events: “eSports.” ESports, short for “electronic sports,” is a form of competitive gaming that arose in the recent technological age. While it does not require as much athletic ability as a traditional sport requires, eSports is still an extremely demanding profession that requires dedication, practice, and perseverance.
Some people believe that anyone can become a professional eSports player and that electronic gaming should not be considered a true sport. However, this is simply not true. ESports requires the same amount of dedication and hard work as any other traditional sport; it would not be unusual to see a professional gamer to practice about eight hours every weekday, having hours similar to a full time job. A professional Starcraft2 player named Liquid’TLO posted his training schedule on his blog and is shown below:
Notice that in addition to the long hours of gaming practice everyday, there are slots in his schedule for exercise almost every day. That is because to be able to endure the long hours in front of a computer practicing, a professional player must be healthy both mentally and physically. These are not your stereotypical gamers that sit in front of their computer all day eating high calorie foods and getting up only to use the bathroom or go to sleep. These are athletes at the pinnacle of their mental and physical capacity, working an average of eight hours a day to improve their skills.