The British eSports Association has made a statement saying eSports are not sports.
“Esports is not a sport, but a credible activity in its own right,” said the British eSports Association in a statement.
The statement comes after the BBC reported on eSports, which sparked a lot of debate about if it should be classed as a sport. As per usual this debate was more angry sports fans saying “this isn’t a sport,” and everyone involved with eSports going “we really don’t care if it is or isn’t.”
However this time there was enough attention to get the British eSports Association involved. With even its founder and CEO Chester King coming out and making a statement on the matter.
“I can see why there is a bit of confusion as millions of people play and watch esports; there are many professional teams, managers, coaches and tournaments,” said King. “There is no international standard classification either as in some countries such as Poland, esports, chess and bridge are classified as sports. The ‘sport’ in esports may be misleading, but like traditional sports, competitive video gaming involves training, long-term dedication, determination, exceptional skills and reaction times, teamwork and coordination, and fun for all the spectators, casters, commentators and fans involved.”