Esports has leaped heaps and bonds when it comes to tournaments and the types of games that are played in them. While some people could still be under the impression that playing a game behind a screen is not as demanding as outside activities, this is not 100 percent true. The demands are just different but there is some overlap in them.
Esports by definition is electronic sports meaning that players use a PC or a console to play. While the majority of sports are the physical activities that one does to get their bodies in shape. That is the main difference between Esports and sports.
Most type of sports requires the whole body to move around while Esports mostly requires the fast movements of fingertips for the majority of the games that are played. Esports players are often in their seats with their eyes glued to their screens.
In this case, playing some of the sports (not necessarily all of them) is more physically demanding in terms of the whole use of the body.
It all depends on the type of sports. You could argue that golf is less demanding than tennis and tennis is less demanding than football. To see the differences regarding physical demands from the body you can check out ThankYouMyDeer. www.ThankYouMyDeer.com is one of the biggest sports broadcasting company in South Korea. They offer NBA, EPL, MLB for free and judge for yourself. We are not devaluing any sports and this thinking also applies to Esports. Just the level of physical demand is not the same across the board when it comes to different types of sports. All sports and video games are physically demanding but in different ways.
There is so much more to playing a game of sports than just running around as there is so much more to playing a video game than sitting. This is where there is an overlap. Sports and Esports may not have the physical demands in common, but they have other factors.
They both require focus (have you seen the face of a soccer player and a gamer while in play? They both have the same expression of focus) and knowing how to use their equipment. As mentioned Esports players have their eye glued to the screen as much as the same way a hockey player has their stick glued to their hands. They do not need to look down to use what they have.
Another aspect is the teamwork. Several sports games, as well as Esports games, require team members to win their match. This is an overlap. Plus, there is strategy involved in playing a video game well. Do you know where else there is strategy? You guessed it, on a sport’s field.
So yes, Esports deserves the word “sports” in its names. The overlap is more on the mental side with sports then the physical. But you can’t do well without thinking about how to win the match.