Video games take a lot of practice, endurance, and hand / eye coordination. But come on, can we really compare it to real sports? You may recall some time back on TGD that we reported that a competition for League of Legends had formed, somewhat like a video game Olympics, and in this case, gaming was officially classified as a sport.
Stern laughed at these guys being called “elite players. You know they’re guys who spent way too much time leeching off their parents. I’m sorry, I am never accepting this a professional sport. I refuse to accept this. I’ll accept bowling over this.” Howard also marveled that these guys are making a good living playing games. One player told Real Sports you can get up to six figures.
It’s hard to equate gaming in the same league as baseball – for one thing, steroids certainly aren’t required - and yes there are competitions where you can make good money, but we don’t think we’ll see gaming competitions in the Olympics any time soon.