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Should pro gamers be considered as athletes?

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This question has been around for years, should pro gamers be considered as athletes? A University in South Korea seems to think so. Recently the Chung-Ang University in South Korea considers competitive gamers the same as traditional athletes. This top 10 school in South Korea will be accepting esports applicants next year.
 
Do you think gamers should be able to  enroll in a University as a student athlete? 
 
 
I'm going to state an unpopular opinion and say yes. I know people will instantly say no because they think it's easy and they're lazy or whatever but I don't think the general public knows how hard it really is to become a pro. These pros are practicing every day, the strategy and stamina involved is crazy. Sure it's not what we think of traditionally as a athlete, but I do think it's something we should consider.


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Lmao, no. An athlete is someone who is shown to have physical athletic prowess. You're pushing the limits of your body, not your mind. Call it something else. Pro Gamers deserve respect, but the aren't athletes. It's not about how challenging it is or how much practice you need. 



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If games are considered sports then yeah I would say pro gamers are athletes. As for the question if there should be university dedicated courses to that, I'm not so sure, what would you learn or study?

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"Anyone who tries to use the word "fanboy" as a legitimate descriptive term in any intelligent conversation needs to go back to grade school. Immature no-brain bullshit like that is why normal people look at video game players and only see acne-ridden dweebs with severe social issues." - Myself

I don't think pro gamers should be thought of as athletes because pro gamers don't take part in vigorous sports like athletes do. But I do think they should be seen as experts in their field and should have some kind of benefits.



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athlete: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

Nope.

badgenome said:
athlete: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

Nope.


Exactly.



"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence." - C.S. Lewis

"Anyone who tries to use the word "fanboy" as a legitimate descriptive term in any intelligent conversation needs to go back to grade school. Immature no-brain bullshit like that is why normal people look at video game players and only see acne-ridden dweebs with severe social issues." - Myself

Only if they game on a treadmill.

A huge step forward has been taken for eSports as StarCraft II pro Kim "viOLet" Dong Hwan has been recognized as an athlete by the U.S. Government. As his sponsors, CSA, and TheDailyDot report, viOLet was one of the first to apply for the P-1A visa when it was opened to pro gamers five months ago. The visa doesn't allow him to permanently reside in the U.S., but does permit him to enter temporarily to participate in tournaments and the like, and is the same as is awarded to other athletes.

While this is undoubtedly a fantastic turn of events for a StarCraft II player whose career has been fraught with mishaps, it is the bigger picture that's really important here. This sets a precedent for eSports' recognition as something on a level footing with traditional sports. It allows pro-gamers to be categorized with traditional athletes, and will only serve to further the reach of eSports and gaming. The normalization of a historically stigmatized industry is nothing but good for gaming and gamers alike. Congratulations, viOLet!

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badgenome said:
athlete: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

Nope.

Full definition on merriam webster says "a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina"



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