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Cordova, TN; August 13, in the year of our Lord 2018--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is taking a strong stance on “professional gamers” in “e-sports” calling themselves athletes. The facts are pure and simple. The truth is right in front of our faces. Gamers playing in these tournaments are not athletes. This is not a sport. I know that will be controversial to some people. Especially those making money off of playing games. The comparison between video games and sports is something that advocates of “e-sports” will try to say is baseball is just a game. Basketball is just a game. Football is just a game.

The difference advocates of “e-sports” is ignoring is in real sports there is physical activity. Real and true athletes train their bodies to play the sport. Sitting in a chair and playing a video game is not really very physical. I was at the gym recently weight training and a swimmer came in there to train certain parts of his body. He weight trained as something he needed to do to become a better swimmer. How do those people playing video games train their bodies to be better at a video game? What kind of physical drills and exercises do they go through? Just sitting there in a chair? Wrist movements with a mouse and keyboard? Talking into a microphone with just your teammates?

Every single sport I can think of that has athletes has physical training involved. Athletes that play tennis go to the gym and work out. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey players all spend time exercising their bodies because that is part of the prerequisite of an athlete. They also practice the sport. I do not deny people playing “e-sports” video games practice that game. They run drills with a team. They hone their gaming skills. There is also PC’s, mice, keyboards, and headsets. BTW that reminds me. What other sport allows an entire team to only talk to their teammates while in the middle of the game? If you say something on the basketball court anyone can hear you. Even the other team. In “e-sports” what you say can be limited to just your team.

I know this opinion might offend some people. Especially those who financially benefit from “e-sports.” I am not disrespecting you, or the companies that make these games. I am clarifying what an athlete actually is. I do not see you as an athlete. I do not see video games as a sport. If you disagree then send me an email and convince me.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

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