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I fail to see how gaming helps you in real life. I thought scholarships were to help you excel in a field that matters and give you the ability to one day give back to society through hard work...But then again. scholarship programs have so much leftover money because students dont take advantage of them in the first place.

Doctors play video games to practice their hand eye coordination for performing surgery. Newer surgery techniques use robotics so it is less invasive on patients.

There are scholarships for athletics. How does kicking or throwing a ball around benefit in real life? (rhetorical question)
post #12 of 93
Well all I'm going to say is: To each his own.

With that said, I don't even think video games should count as a sport (much rather an e-sport).
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I fail to see how gaming helps you in real life. I thought scholarships were to help you excel in a field that matters and give you the ability to one day give back to society through hard work...But then again. scholarship programs have so much leftover money because students dont take advantage of them in the first place.

And sports? Scholarships are handed out left and right for sports. How do sports help you in real life other than maybe making it to the professional level one day? Gaming requires thought power, and a great deal more so than most physical sports do. This is why it fits hand in hand with education and imho is a much better fit to hand out scholarships than physical sports are.
 
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Doctors play video games to practice their hand eye coordination for performing surgery. Newer surgery techniques use robotics so it is less invasive on patients.
There are scholarships for athletics. How does kicking or throwing a ball around benefit in real life? (rhetorical question)

I wish I could plus rep you for being the only sensible person in this thread.
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post #15 of 93
Haters gonna hate.
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The first annual Twitch & Alienware Scholarship distributed $50,000 among five student gamer-athletes

No.

Congrats to them, though.
post #17 of 93
They're video gamers, not gamer-athletes. They aren't eSports, they're just video games.

Please quit calling gamers "athletes", and please quit calling games "eSports".

If they are really athletes that compete in a physical sport, then go ahead, but lets face it... most of these people are just basement dwellers.
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post #18 of 93
Pro-gamers compete at various tournaments throughout the world. I do not understand why some people get so offended when people get paid to do what they love.
Edited by Riou - 9/7/12 at 10:47am
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They're video gamers, not gamer-athletes. They aren't eSports, they're just video games.
Please quit calling gamers "athletes", and please quit calling games "eSports".
If they are really athletes that compete in a physical sport, then go ahead, but lets face it... most of these people are just basement dwellers.

Basement dwellers who travel to different tournaments all around the world and make good money doing what they love.

Anyways when we have terms like motor sports, I don't really see anything wrong with electronic sports or esports.
 
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They aren't just gamers getting paid. These kids are extremely good at what they do, and they are also judged on their academic performance. It takes a lot of practice to compete on that level, even if it is just a video game. Trying to keep that skill level sharp while doing well academically is not easy. Few people even take on extracurricular activities like running a club, much less competing and winning in other arenas simultaneously.

Why so much hate?

Edit - I will say I take some issue with calling them athletes, but it is a convenient phrase and boils down to a quibble on semantics.
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