This is the debate, isn’t it? Most definitions declare sports an athletic activity, meaning one that includes varying levels of body movement. However, there is more than one definition of sports. Just take a look at the International Olympic Committee, arguably one of the most authoritative sports institutions in the world, and how it classifies chess as a sport.
Yes, you don’t move around much when playing chess. But it’s still a challenging game you’re playing against an opponent (or several) and that requires a great deal of skill to win. In that way, competitive video games can also be considered sports to an extent.
Regardless of whether or not esports is a type of sport, the fact is that it is one of the biggest industries in the world. The total audience of esports is considered to be around 454 million viewers, and the total revenue of this type of competitive gaming is currently somewhere around $1 billion globally.
Suffices to say, esports have a huge impact on a good portion of the planet, and it’s an industry that’s not going away any time soon. In fact, we’re inclined to believe that it will only continue growing.