For the millions of players and fans worldwide, there’s no question: Esports require training, endurance, mental focus, and, yes, physical precision that absolutely qualify them as a form of sports.
But still, there are skeptics out there who believe that the word “sports” should be reserved for humans clomping around a field or a court in “meatspace.” Do they have a point? Let’s settle this once and for all, here and now. Are esports really sports? Share your view in the comments. And make sure you bring your shin guards. I have a feeling this might get rough.
Tony Carnevale is a senior writer for Studio@Gizmodo.