Playing computer games is fun. It’s also a serious business with competitions, champions, fans and big money prizes. Read all about esports!

Last summer over 12,000 fans were at Wembley Arena in London, shouting and cheering. Thousands more were watching online. But this wasn’t a football, basketball or tennis match. It was esports, or competitive computer gaming. The prize money for the winners: £3 million.

Millions of people in the UK play games for fun. Some of them have become professional gamers, playing games as their full-time job. Did you know that football teams such as West Ham and Manchester City employ esports players? They send them around the world to compete in football video game competitions. It’s not easy being a professional gamer, though. They practise for ten or more hours a day, five or six days a week. They do exercises like typing something and trying to type it faster and faster. They also study videos of other players and plan ways to beat them.

As well as playing games, many people like watching them too. You can watch games on video sites like Twitch and YouTube and in the UK there’s a TV channel showing esports 24 hours a day. They can be exciting to watch: just like other sports, there are close games, last-minute victories and amazing performances. Sometimes online viewers can interact with the game. For example, some games rename characters in the game with the names of online viewers!  

But are esports really sports? Are players athletes? Some say no. Esports players don’t need to run, jump, throw or do big physical actions. At the moment, the UK government classifies esports as kinds of games, not as sports.

But others say yes: esports are sports. Players do need some physical skills, especially handeye coordination, reflexes, accuracy and timing. If darts, snooker and shooting are classified as sports, then perhaps esports should be too. In fact, the governments of China and South Korea do classify esports as sports, and they will be an official medal sport in the Asian Games starting from 2022. Next step: the Olympics?

For many esports fans and players, though, the most important thing is that esports are growing in popularity and importance. If esports are not as important as sports at the moment, they definitely will be in the near future.


What games do you play? Do you think esports are games or sports?


peachygirl's picture
peachygirl 30 April, 2020 - 11:59

Hey everybody.
I like computer games, but I do not think that is sport. I think that sport are running, jumping and something like that.
I play in CS GO, Sims and Star Stable Online.

1 user has voted.
Andrii's picture
Andrii 14 February, 2020 - 19:05

I mostly play the shooter called "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. By the way, there are competitions in this game. I think esport IS a kind of sport because for example in "CS: GO" you train your reaction and imagination of where the opponent is.

1 user has voted.
Youjiro's picture
Youjiro 15 February, 2019 - 00:52

Last year I played some game like "Dragon Quest","battle filed","The show".It was excited for me and I had have been play 3 hour per day.I spend a lot of time playing game.I thought It was waste of time when I play game. but I couldn't quit game.I think playing e-sports is just hobby as well as game.We can easily play e-sports in my house ,It don't need large area and It is not affect bad weather.advantage of playing e-sports is don't pay attention injury in play time. another advantage of e-sports is We can play with women and men every time at same place or online .to sum up, In my opinion e-sports is not sports .Sports is need a lot of training.e-sport just was affect physical environment and weather condition.It makes difference and make much fun.

1 user has voted.
Martin159's picture
Martin159 4 November, 2017 - 03:54

I play DOTA2 and SCGO, i think e-sports are sports and they are actually the only kind of sports i enjoy to watch but im not sure about if they deserve to be in the Olimpics because of their hard physic activity nature which e-sports lack of.

1 user has voted.
SLMT's picture
SLMT 23 October, 2017 - 20:12

I played “My Food Restaurant “,” Smurf Village “ and “Candy Cursh” .These days,I play “Coin Master”.
I think esports are not the sports.It’s just a game for me.U can see the sport’s meaning in the dictionary as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team completes against other or another for entertainment. That’s why I don’t think esport is a game.

1 user has voted.
Katie99's picture
Katie99 19 September, 2017 - 21:11

Hi Sarah. :)
Oh it's good to hear that. I am still on 13th level( My Talking Angela). Sad though. But I'll make sure to progress as quickly as I can. :)

1 user has voted.
SweetCandy26's picture
SweetCandy26 29 August, 2017 - 11:15

I play Episodes (choices where you decide what to do), minecraft, my talking Angela, my food restaurant... So many of them

1 user has voted.