eSports no longer an underground movement – Jamaica Observer

Dictionary.com defines a sport as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature”.

The Oxford Dictionary defines the same as “an activity that you do for pleasure that needs physical effort or skill, usually done in a special area and according to fixed rule”.

The truth is, anything that has a strong competitive format, played under a specific set of rules, requires a specific set of skills, and great hand-eye coordination and training, can be categorised as a sport. Such is the definition of eSports – especially as it relates to rules, skills, training and hand-eye coordination.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has displaced the ‘traditional’ sporting world and, in a time when social distancing and isolation have become the new world order, eSports have not only been unaffected, but they have also found the situation catalytic and odds for 200+ games are offered daily by JustBet.

While almost every major sports league has restarted or, except for Major League Baseball (MLB), has set a date for restart, eSports never paused and has found the prevailing conditions ideal.

So, what are eSports?

eSports (also known as electronic sports) are sports competitions using video games. eSports often take the form of organised, single- or multiplayer video game competitions, between individuals or teams.

The earliest recognised video game competition took place on October 19, 1972 at Stanford University for the game “Spacewar” and the earliest large-scale video game competition, attracting more than
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