By: Michael Burnham
While eSports remain popular all over the world, there are some common misconceptions among some people.
The most common misconceptions, believe it or not, comes from adults, especially the media.
Some media outlets scoff at eSports because they can’t believe people do it for a job. They actually refuse to believe it could be a real job! Well, if it can’t be a job, then why can they believe football or soccer is? I can answer that.
For one, eSports isn’t physical like football, soccer, and basketball. But why is that a problem? After all, doesn’t it require them to compete against each other, and all of them need to be good players? Yes, it does, but people doubt the amount of skill and practice it takes, which is a tremendous problem. They think, “Why don’t I start playing video games and make millions of dollars?” when in reality, that’s not how it works at all!
The media doesn’t understand that concept, which is why they scoff at the sport, because they don’t know that it takes actual skill and practice. The main example here is when Bugha won a Fortnite tournament. There were even some talk shows laughing at him for considering it a job.
So you see, misconceptions about e-sports are large among the public but one day maybe, just maybe, that’ll be resolved.