Esport AND Sport. We will not deal with the question of whether Esport is a Sport. In this article, we will try to see what are the differences and similarities.
We see differences as a good thing, they are making this world interesting. We will not judge Esport or Sport but analyze what makes them what they are.
So we are going to look at a few factors, among many of them, that each side includes:
- physical activity,
- interaction and
- impact on player’s development.
Both Esport and Sport need some kind of physical activity. It is a question at what level.
Esport, compared to Sport, seems to need great eye reflexes, sharpened and quick perception of details (we mentioned in the previous article), great fine motorics and reflexes, while most sports are more focused on using gross motoric skills, spatial orientation and live interaction with team players.
Activity is, in both cases inevitable. Even if in the gaming, Esport, world, players are not that physically active as in Sport during the game, we should not forget that for quality gaming performance physical activity as a part of the preparation is a must.
Endurance is must-have within most Sports and also in Esport. Again, we would say a different kind of endurance.
While regular sports require physical endurance but also physical strength, we would like to point out the endurance that is needed in Esport to be developed for the body and mind to stay focused in the sitting position for hours in high-level tension during the game.
It seems that in Esport all of the activity and spatial orientation is performed in the player’s mind in the virtual world while in Sport it is more “out in the open”.
The main difference is that Sports have their revenue from selling tickets to fans who want to attend live competing events – and this is the dominant way of interaction with fans. Esport competition events are still mostly held and available to fans through streaming and interaction is provided through comments. It is important to mention that they are also becoming more and more personally approachable to fans in gaming arenas. That way revenue from selling tickets is also possible in Esport world.
Yes, there are online broadcasting of Sports competitions just like Esport is streaming theirs. That is why we can say that Sport and Esport will not have many differences in bringing their competitions to the audience in the close future.
Physical and mental training is very important in both cases. Because physical exercises have an impact on brain development, and the lack of physical activity will do the opposite. Planned and structural training, both in Sport and Esport, are preparing players for challenges they will have to confront during the competition.
We can point out a major difference between Sport and Esport in the rules subject. Esport has more regular and often game updates and game rules change, so players always have to be ready to adjust with their tactics to new rules, usually in a small amount of time. On the other side, Sport has more durable and stable rules so players can focus only on the team they are playing against.
We would say that in this field Esport and Sport are quite similar.
Yes, Sports competitions are live and interaction between players is “in-person” but hey, in the gaming world it is natural to communicate via chat and on the speakers, and during the match, in Esport it is important for players to be in communication all the time. Just like in the Sports competitions. That’s why we can consider that interaction is present and important in both cases on the same level.
Impact on player’s development
Based on previous articles, both Sport and Esport, if we don’t approach them in the right, planned and dosed way, can be harmful at some point. Especially within young people who are still psychologically, emotionally, physically, socially, and motorically developing.
To sum up, Sport and Esport are fun and are giving us goosebumps in its own way. We are just happy we can have fun in different dimensions. 🙂