There’s been a lot of debate as to whether or not esports count as actual sports or not due to them being video games, as opposed to traditional sports. Competitors in traditional sports events like the Olympics are obviously using their physical bodies and athleticism to compete, while competitive gamers challenge their reflexes, minds and coordination in what could be considered a comparable manner.
Speaking of that comparison, just like some traditional athletes competing in the Olympics, there have been reports of some gamers going over to Rio to compete in the Rio 2016 egame showcase. A part of this event is a Super Smash Bros for Wii U tournament, which recently has dethroned Melee as being the most selling Smash Bros game along with that had the most participants in EVO 2016 surpassing it’s predecessor Super Smash Bros Melee.
There have also been reports that MK Leo, Keitaro, and Ally will be participating in this event. Although this obviously isn’t on the same scale as the Olympics it’s still something to turn your head at, considering that more and more people are starting to recognize that gaming can be considered as a professional sport although somewhat nontraditional.
You can catch the Super Smash Bros tournament at 11AM on August 16th via livestream.