I share the opinion that esports aren’t really sports. Physical prowess along with mental toughness is what differentiates sports from other activities, whether it’s hockey, MMA, or golf.
In SC2, while the game itself may manifest in physical changes (e.g. increased heartrate from stress/adrenaline) it doesn’t require physical exertion.
However, that’s not to say that gaming doesn’t have it’s own unique set of skills - what pro Starcraft 2 players can do is far beyond what I’m capable of doing. You’re continuously under pressure to react, outsmart, defend, attack, manage an economy for an entire war. I believe
That being said, if esports can be tied into the Olympics, why not chess? It’s a sport with tradition, rules, and is much more about reacting, outsmarting, defending, attacking, and managing an army for an entire war.
It’s cool that it was actually broadcast as an Olympics-supported event (online, anyway). In the Canada vs. Korea final, the Canadian won and became the first woman to win a pro SC2 tournament. I thought for sure I was going to see Korea slaughter this event (which I found out about yesterday) so as a Korean-Canadian, I guess I would have been happy either way.
(Side note: Koreans are fucking ridiculous at Starcraft 2, they’ve been playing live games on TV since 1999 when it was still just regular Starcraft: Brood War.)
I’m still not convinced that esports or chess should even be Olympic events, but they require such a high level of skill in such a weird specialization that a I wouldn’t really care if they both became official Olympic events. I mean, I don’t give a shit about fencing or skeleton but they’re all events that I suddenly become interested in every four years, and that’s alright with me.
On a side note, I wonder if Russia esports team would be banned from a Counter-Strike event due to their enhancement of athletes.
If you’re a total fucking nerd, you can watch the grand final match (best of 7) on Twitch like I’ve just done: