Is Playing Video Games a Sport?

Is playing Fortnite the same as playing soccer or other traditional sports? Many people think so. They call gaming an electronic sport, or “e-sport.” Some colleges even give scholarships for it. But not everyone agrees! Here, two readers give their opinions.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

Video gaming is a sport because how you move can matter. Some games let you control characters with your body. You have to practice, you can get sweaty, and you can compete against other people—all like you do in a sport!

Jake Cherian, Michigan

Video games can be hard, but so are crossword puzzles and tongue twisters, and those aren’t sports! A sport should be about real physical activity where you run around. Video games can involve too much sitting down.

Tessa Macmullin, New Jersey

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