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Flowz
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DonnyBoi
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Esports is a sport and should be in the Olympics

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Started: 10/12/2018 Category: Games
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Flowz

Pro

Esports pros have to put in just as much time and dedication to their sport as average athletes.
DonnyBoi

Con

With all due respect, This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen.

The Olympics were created for people around the world to compete in their selected sports, As professionals.
The Olympics have been around for ages. And with that being said, Let's just leave it alone.

Things like video games is not something that should be brought into the Olympics simply because it's too wide. What I mean by that, Is not every country plays the same games. By the same rules. On the same consoles.

I'm all for eSports. In-fact, I love video games I play them all the time. But eSports is not something that belongs in the Olympics, And never will be.

I honestly don't see how you can argue this.
Debate Round No. 1
Flowz

Pro

Agreed esports is a wide area. But so is track sports.

On the point of some countries don't play a specific game: some countries don't play softball, But it's an Olympic sport.

Games like CSGO, League, Dota. Have teams in every continent. And have structures, Rules and tournaments that run just fine. Just because a game has players on multiple platforms doesn't mean there aren't players for a specific platform.

On the point that the Olympics is old and we should leave it alone: from the Wikipedia page of the Olympics:

Two previously discontinued sports, Golf and rugby, Returned for the 2016 Summer Olympics. On August 13, 2009, The IOC Executive Board proposed that golf and rugby sevens be added to the Olympic program for the 2016 Games. [16] On 9 October 2009, During the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, The IOC voted to admit both sports as official Olympic sports and to include them in the 2016 Summer Olympics. [17] The IOC voted 81""8 in favor of including rugby sevens and 63""27 in favor of reinstating golf, Thus bringing the number of sports back to 28. [17]

The games are constantly updated. New ones added and old ones removed. So no, We don't and should not leave the Olympics alone.

If chess is considered an Olympic sport then why not other games?
DonnyBoi

Con

So, I see where you're coming from. ESports is growing at extreme rates, And will only continue to grow as time goes on.

But, It doesn't belong in the Olympics. And I know it'll never be added to the Olympics.

The points you bring up, Don't help your case what-so-ever.

The fact is, The Olympics are for people who dedicated their entire lives to the sport they love. Even though eSports is technically a sport, I guess, That would defeat the whole purpose. There are already major tournaments for the games you listed.

This is a tricky topic, Honestly. You can't back this up with facts. Whether you're with or against this.
This is purely an opinion-based debate. And honestly, Only time will tell.

Please provide some more information on why you believe adding eSports to the Olympics would be a good idea. What are the pros. Because honestly, Both you and I know there would be an extreme outrage and upset Olympic fans. Adding video games to the Olympics is basically like adding baseball to MLG.
Debate Round No. 2
Flowz

Pro

Flowz forfeited this round.
DonnyBoi

Con

My opponent has forfeited his turn, Meaning I can make no rebuttal.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Block19 3 years ago
Block19
E-sports are not a sport, Which is why they are differentiated from a standard sport. Saying that it merits being an Olympic sport because chess is, Suggest that you would consider chess to be a sport worthy of being in the Olympics, Which personally i do not.
Posted by SirNoodles518 3 years ago
SirNoodles518
The Olympics is a competition of sporting events and for an event to be in it, It must be a sport. The official definition of a sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. " Yes it requires skill, Yes it is entertaining, Yes it is competitive. But it doesn't require physical exertion therefore it only meets three of the four requirements, Therefore not making it eligible to be a sport or in the Olympics.
Posted by Block19 3 years ago
Block19
and coordination among the team members, However it still lacks the physical aspect.
Posted by Flowz 3 years ago
Flowz
Phisical and mental.

Games like dota, CSGO, League of Legends all take massive amounts of concentration and mental strength to win.
Posted by Block19 3 years ago
Block19
It may not be easy to compete at a professional level as a gamer. However the Olympics is meant to for countries to display their citizens physical prowess. Having professional gamers sit and play, Just does not have the same affect.
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