What it’s like to be a collegiate esports player October 17, 2019 22 By Stanley Isaacs Related posts: The vaccine fight: a mother’s battle to protect her daughter in California #campus2018: Free speech and political debate at University of Southern California Top 5 College Bowl Game Names in the 90s That No Longer Exist Cottey College ranks as one of the best in the nation CategoryArticles BlogTagsa:sports/launcher chad smeltz college college esports college sports collegiate esports esports esports college esports degrees esports scholarship harrisburg harrisburg storm hearthstone history teach how to get an esports degree how to get an esports scholarship hue hue invitational league of legends news overwatch s:Sports scholar scholarship sports t:Original video video games video-gaming WaPo Video Washington Post Video 22 Comments Jack Chevy says: October 16, 2019 at 2:08 pm lol Reply Beef Boss From Wii Sports says: October 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm Lol Reply Allen says: October 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm I Was So Happy That Fortnite Had Shut Down. Reply Prisec says: October 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm Sports: Becoming successful in something Eeefuckmesports: Wasting your life No difference you say? Disliked Reply Kunta Kinte says: October 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm There's no difference between sports and esports …….its a joke right??! Reply Talcum says: October 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm Huh? Reply Talcum says: October 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm So these guys are now "athletes"? Reply I want breakfast says: October 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm We pay low-IQ bozos millions to play childrens games on a field/court for our entertainment. esports is no different except the IQs are higher Reply Cylume says: October 16, 2019 at 2:28 pm I could do E-Sports too if I didn't have wrist-spurs. 😩 Reply Justin says: October 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm Jeff Bezos owns Washington Post and Twitch. That is why you are seeing this "story" Reply Yurpeee says: October 16, 2019 at 2:58 pm Playing an esport at the highest level is just as mentally stressful as most sports, I’m willing to argue w anyone about that. Playing competitive video games is completely different than sitting in your living room and playing a game with friends Reply Young Leaper says: October 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm Except this doesn’t make men strong for hard times Reply Eddie Hitler says: October 16, 2019 at 3:14 pm why would you want scholarships for esports, you dumb twats you want your college to take all your winnings so you can get a free ride to a useless degree, just like the NCAA? LMFAO don't take the scholarships, nerds, just keep playing like you are now Reply Mxyzptlk says: October 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm Sisss E sports , awwwwwwe everyone needs to be an athlete nowadays Reply Bacchus Quintilis says: October 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm Playing video games is not the same as training your entire life physically and mentally to master a sport. Reply Tattle Boad says: October 16, 2019 at 3:54 pm i play esports esports is different tha normal sports. and even among the normal sports there are differences Reply Global Mask Penguin says: October 16, 2019 at 3:58 pm You got to be joking! Tell that to sportsmen participating in the Olympic Games Reply Taintedwings4444 says: October 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm Hmmm…the difference? Physical sports have many studies and happenings to show the danger they contain. E-sports is pretty new and not much research have been done yet. What I do hope is they improve their posture. Reply Anything Everything says: October 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm Theres a difference.. Theres no nude, locker room or on court or feild slap-assing, carried over from the homosexual days of the colosseum and gymnasium. Reply Charlie Leitner says: October 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm There are a great many differences between sports and esports. While the time commitment and competitive aspects are present, you can't begin to compare playing a video game professionally to getting truck-sticked on a rugby pitch, or taking a left hook to the chin, or running back and forth on a field or wood floor. Yes, there is serious mental capability required to compete at the highest level of any sport. One may even be able to argue that esports, like chess, requires an even higher level of mental acrobatics than more physically demanding games. But in no way are esports comparable to physically exhausting sports, which also require high levels of mental calculating and athleticism. And it is athletics which are key to the discussion. According to Webster's Dictionary, an athlete is defined as follows: 1: a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina2: an animal (such as a horse or a dog) that competes in races or other sporting events or has qualities (such as stamina and agility) suggestive of a human athlete On the other hand, as defined by the American Dictionary of the English language, a sport is as such among other things: 1: To represent by any kind of play.2: To play; to frolick; to wanton.3. That which diverts and makes merry; play; game; diversion; also, mirth. While it can be considered a sport, it seems unfair to place esports and sports under one umbrella. Based on the above definition, one could place chess and cheerleading under the sports umbrella. You can be a good sport and play esports. That doesn't make you an athlete. To be clear, a cheerleader is an athlete, as is a dancer, as is a gymnast. Notable tough guy and sportsman Ernest Hemingway wrote long ago that, "[t]here are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games." While this is an interesting take, it is, of course, easily refutable. Most sports, whether intentionally or not, were designed to mimic warfare. You don't play boxing. You play video games. Sure, esports, like most things, when done for hours on end can be exhausting but, does that mean we should call anyone sitting at an office performing corporate tasks at a high rate an athlete? A sales team who makes record sales, are they too, considered athletes? They compete, they work hard, and their minds are most assuredly strained by weeks end. Don't get me wrong, it's remarkably difficult to be the best at anything, especially at video games. Trust me, I've had my fair share of run-ins with gamer gurus to last me a lifetime. It's hard to break into the professional soccer world because millions, if not billions of children play the game. The same is true with basketball and other globally renowned endeavors. But playing Fortnite and dancing around a ring are not one and the same, even if you're performing in front of tens of thousands of people. I won't even begin to try and understand why someone would pay to watch another person play a video game, but I digress. Harry Crews once wrote in "Getting Naked with Harry Crews: Interviews" that, "I think all of us are looking for that which does not admit of bullshit . . . If you tell me you can bench press 450, hell, we'll load up the bar and put you under it. Either you can do it, or you can't do it—you can't bullshit. Ultimately, sports are just about as close to what one would call the truth as it is possible to get in this world." By this, I am sure most can agree, is the reason we play games and partake in sport; to see what humans are capable of under duress, to be amazed by feats of great athleticism, and to scratch one's head in wonder at how anyone can pirouette three times in mid-air only to subsequently land on a centimeter wide piece of metal. There's also something to be said about the occurrence of injuries, but I feel I've gone on here long enough. My apologies for the long note, I should've just wrote a book instead. -CL Reply Alvaro Sarria says: October 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm Awesome job with this video, I really hope to see more of this topic on this chanel Reply Mancheeze The Great says: October 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm Kids should be outside. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.