It was midnight and the harsh sunlight was lashing at the windows, but the lair’s shutters were drawn shut, leaving us gamers to focus on the darkness and intensity of our training. This means playing video games from dawn to dusk each day, or from dusk to dawn each night. Our physical needs have been pushed through the roof. Energy drink cans on the floor, sandwich foil on our desks. Our eyes, glued to our screens. As the match goes on, we learn more and more. Our fans watching us from behind, and so must keep up the grind. We must persevere through our struggles to do what we do, for us, for our fans, and for the people who care.

Additionally, gamers are just as physically taxed, fit, prepared, and committed as any other professional athletes; because of this, gamers should be treated as equal and be considered professional athletes. Gamers are just as committed to their work as any other professional athlete is. Gaming has opened up a variety of opportunities over very few years; one being job opportunities. According to game designer Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken, “roughly 183 million people play video games for a living” and the number keeps growing and growing by the day. This has changed people’s lives for the better and has opened up many opportunities for them to look forward to. For instance, many are getting paid for playing these games through streaming platforms, such as Twitch, Discord, and Youtube, as well as ads and sponsorships. This provides most gamers with a stable income and paycheck. This allows gamers to make a living off of their gaming careers, provide their families with a stable happy and healthy environment, and stay committed to what they are doing for a living. Much like any other sport, esports require committed teams in their leagues. The more committed members are in a team, the better they perform as a whole. “Group Dynamics plays a critical role in team performance for esports in a similar way it does for traditional sports.”  

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Teamwork between the two types of sports aren’t much different in terms of commitment, and perseverance. In a team, each player has their own role; without one person, the team can’t function. With each member committed to the same common goal, they can do many things. In both sports and esports, members who are committed have a good self-concept, strong self-esteem, and a balance between what they want and what they’re capable of doing.  

Gamers are just as physically taxed as any other professional athlete. Many pro gamers are already being required to train like other professional athletes. In Should Pro Gamers be considered athletes?, it states that “Many pro gamers in South Korea, for example, are required to run, swim, and lift weights as a part of training.” Professional athletes must work on making their muscles strong, so they can play more effectively. Just like professional athletes, gamers work on their reflexes and muscles, so they can be more useful in matches and competitions. When compared to professional sports, esports have many similarities to sports in terms of training, physical activity, motivation, and general preparedness. All of these things are what makes these two types of sports closer in comparison than most people think. Like most sports, professional gamers also require grueling training methods to keep up with the competition. CNN reported that, as a gamer, “It’s tough to keep up with the grueling training schedule and maintain the reflexes necessary to compete professionally.” Much like traditional sports, esports, require strict time scheduled training. The time and commitment professional gamers put into their work really shows in the skills that they show to the world! Their strenuous training and severe commitment are all a major part of maintaining staying on top. By continuously performing enervating training, both sports players and esports players become better from these experiences by maintaining the essential condition of a professional.

Many say that handing out scholarships for gaming is overrated. On the contrary, this has helped gamers kick off their career just like any other profession. According to viewsonic.com, “15 million dollars in scholarships” have been passed out before August 24 of 2019. This money has helped gamers start their career and has made them feel appreciated for what they are doing. This has benefited so many people in such a short time. If even more scholarships were to be passed out, so many more people will benefit from this and this will change their lives for the better. If more people get gaming scholarships people would have more respect for gaming careers and more people would find it necessary to invest money into gaming applications.

Much like traditional professional sports players, gamers require intense training, and training schedules to maintain their skills. Many people call this addiction which should only be targeted on gamers since both esports players and sports players do this. According to a CNN article titled, Should Pro Gamers be Considered Athletes?, most gamers, “practice for 20 hours a day.” They practice a lot to get good at what they do. If it wasn’t for their gruel training times they wouldn’t be where they are currently. This practice goes to good use and is necessary for optimal success because the training is what gets people to support them and donate to them so they can get money to live a happy, healthy life. This “addiction” is necessary for both gamers and traditional athletes because it is required for ideal performance in their careers.

More and more universities are offering scholarships to gamers, and are continuing to invest their money into these young scholars. We need to continue promoting these gamers for their work ethic and perseverance. Like professional athletes, gamers go through continuous gruesome and intensified training to learn from their mistakes and benefit through their struggles. They use their commitment to present to their audience how far they have come. If this continues, it will only be a matter of time until everyone, no matter where you stand currently on this controversy, will consider gaming to be a sport.

Rather than not supporting gaming careers, we should be helping funding gamers through colleges, universities, and high schools. By assisting the esports industry, more people will have a stronger understanding of the motivation and commitment these gamers put into their work. In addition to their hard work, they put up with severe training regiments just so they can prove to individuals that they have grown as a person and a gamer, like any athlete on a field. Whether it be competing online, or battling it out locally, gamers are fighting every day to prove to the world that they are athletes.

 

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