On February 3, about 100 million people are expected to watch America’s biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl. But three months ago, almost as many people around the world watched two teams face off in the finals of a video game tournament. The competition is called the League of Legends World Championship. It’s one of the biggest in e-sports (short for electronic sports).
As e-sports grow in popularity, more people consider playing video games to be a sport. More than 100 colleges in the United States now have e-sports teams. Many of those schools offer scholarships, just as they do for top athletes. The organizers of the Olympics are even considering adding e-sports competitions in the future.
Still, many people say e-sports don’t belong in the same category as traditional sports. They argue an event isn’t a sport just because a lot of people watch it. They point out that cooking competitions and talent shows are shown on TV. But few people would consider either of them to be a sport.