£75,000 prize for Fortnite champions
Should video games count as sports? Last week, tennis players at the Australian Open shared an arena with another sporting event: a huge Fortnite competition.
Last weekend, more than 7,500 people crowded into the Australian Open arena in Sydney. Only this time, they weren’t watching tennis. They were watching Fortnite!
In the competition, the world’s best gamers competed for a £75,000 prize.
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These multiplayer video game competitions are called “esports”.
Esports has boomed in the last few years. In fact, the industry could be worth over £1 billion by 2021.
In 2017, 100 million watched the League of Legends video game world championships. That is 10 times more people than the number who watched the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
In fact, esports could even appear at the 2024 Paris Olympics as a demonstration event.
Should video games count as sports?
No! Sport is about running around and getting exercise, not staring at a screen. We should not encourage people to spend too much time playing video games by calling them sports.
Yes! The people who win these competitions have put as much time and practise in as any athlete. Sport is about having fun in a competition with others, so it is the same thing.
- How much time do you spend playing video games?
- Write your own definition of the word “sport”. Share your answer with your classmates. Are theirs the same or different?
Some People Say...
“Some people say video games rot your brain, but I think they work different muscles that maybe you don't normally use.”Ezra Koenig
What do you think?
- Australian Open
- One of the four biggest tennis competitions.
- When you try to beat someone at something in a contest.
- All the sales and money involved in a particular area.
- A competition.