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Video Games Are Not Sports, But They Deserve The Respect

A few days ago ESPN did something new; they aired a tournament for gamers on ESPN 2 where a bunch of elite teams went at head-to-head in League of Legends. One of the final teams was from my home state and it was exciting in that aspect, but I get it, videogames are not “sports” and thus calling them “eSports” and airing them on a sports channel seems rather ridiculous. I’m a gamer, I admit it, but there is one major issue I see coming from it. Video games may not be “sports,” but the utter lack of respect the tournament is picking up paints a disappointing image that our society still see’s gamers as “basement dwellers” of decades ago.

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