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#55 - mrgilly (07/16/2013) [-]
People are misguided if they think this was the government simply saying "Hurr, video gamers should be athletes cause blah blah!"

The main reason for this decision was the allow professional gamers overseas easier access to Visas in order to travel to tournaments in the US.

What the hell is wrong with that?
#57 to #55 - bobfaget (07/16/2013) [-]
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User avatar #5 - tofunnyjunkwego (07/15/2013) [-]
"12 year old athletes" I'm putting this out there, as someone whose a big fan of the Starcraft2 professional scene there is some hard working people who try their best to be good at it, Koreans working at 10 hours a day just practicing, it's hard, show a little sympathy
#51 to #5 - John Cena (07/16/2013) [-]
16*.
Ask The Emperor of Mankind
User avatar #32 to #5 - tallywacker (07/15/2013) [-]
yea the poor guys gets paid lots of money to play games all day
#38 to #32 - jinkazama (07/16/2013) [-]
As opposed to pro soccer players who train once a week, get paid hundreds of thousands of pounds weekly and cry like little bitches if someone so much as sneezes in their direction.

Also, pro gaming isn't as fun as it sounds. As a point of reference i play quite a bit of LoL. And any player will tell you how stressful it gets. It can really piss me off at times, any player will tell you the same. But i can take a break for a few days when it does, relax and come back enthusiastic and ready. If i were pro, **** that. No breaks, play it all day. You don't get a choice.

It's not as easy as it seems. Plus theres a lot of stress. You have to perform well consistently or you could get into a really bad spot.
#62 to #38 - John Cena (07/16/2013) [-]
If you're not having fun, stop playi- SHUT UP ANON__
#213 to #62 - jinkazama (07/16/2013) [-]
I already said, i take breaks when it stops being fun for me. After a few days i go back fresh and love it. But if i were a pro, i couldn't do that. It's not just fun and games ironically.
User avatar #128 to #38 - yetiyitties (07/16/2013) [-]
What. You make it seem like pro gaming is a bigger deal than pro soccer. That the average pro gamer is better than an average pro soccer player. I'm not even going to tell you how dumb you sound. You know it. I can imagine that pro gaming isn't easy, but come on.
User avatar #188 to #128 - Rolyat (07/16/2013) [-]
On top of playing the game. In the case of League of Legends team sit down and discuss strategies and watch old replays to see what went wrong or right in their play and how they can counter another teams strategies. It's more then just playing
User avatar #227 to #188 - yetiyitties (07/17/2013) [-]
Are you joking right now? That's what they do in American Football and other sports. Pro gaming isn't anything special from what you guys are telling me. All the people who thumbed me down need to put their fedoras down and stop comparing pro gamers to actual athletes.
User avatar #228 to #227 - Rolyat (07/17/2013) [-]
They both work hard in their own areas. It's basically the same thing
User avatar #229 to #228 - yetiyitties (07/17/2013) [-]
They both work hard is the only thing I'll agree with.
#204 to #188 - skaffanl (07/16/2013) [-]
Do you really think football players don't sit down, discuss strategies and watch old replays to see what went wrong and right in their play and how they can counter another teams strategies? Do you think football players just go on the field, kick a ball and go home again? I mean, I hate football and the ridiculous amounts of money the players are played but I do not believe they'll get rich THAT easily..
User avatar #205 to #204 - skaffanl (07/16/2013) [-]
I meant paid..
User avatar #208 to #205 - Rolyat (07/16/2013) [-]
I'm just saying it's more than playing the game. A lot of people have that misconception
#209 to #208 - skaffanl (07/16/2013) [-]
Oh, then I apologize. I thought you were trying to "proove" that the average pro gamer is better than the average pro soccer player because that was the comment you reacted to. That is why I thought your arguments were so invalid.   
   
I apologize, have a cute gif.
Oh, then I apologize. I thought you were trying to "proove" that the average pro gamer is better than the average pro soccer player because that was the comment you reacted to. That is why I thought your arguments were so invalid.

I apologize, have a cute gif.
User avatar #211 to #209 - Rolyat (07/16/2013) [-]
Nah it's my bad
User avatar #169 to #32 - tofunnyjunkwego (07/16/2013) [-]
So, professional sports players get paid for playing a sport, and make way more money off of it, and don't practice as much as professional StarCraft2 players, even when it comes to tournament sure they don't have as much physical play to go through, but they have a hell of a lot more mental play to go through.
User avatar #127 to #32 - missrainbowdash (07/16/2013) [-]
poor basketball players get paid millions to play a game, you can live off of being a pro player, but it takes flash or jaedong to get any real money off of it.
User avatar #8 - sherbaderb (07/15/2013) [-]
It actually started because of League of Legends. and I believe you have to be 18 to obtain one.
User avatar #136 to #8 - triangulartrading (07/16/2013) [-]
Lol is a great game and I love it but people act like its the only game out there that has a very serious mlg circuit. Starcraft's was long established before Lol's. Not trying to be rued just tired of people constantly think Lol is the only game with serious players.
User avatar #224 to #136 - sherbaderb (07/16/2013) [-]
I'm not acting like it's the only MLG game out there, I personally prefer SC2 tournaments over the LCS. But I'm just saying, it was recognized as a sport because of LoL.
User avatar #81 to #8 - vampireinarm (07/16/2013) [-]
OBTAIN A WHAT
User avatar #84 to #81 - sherbaderb (07/16/2013) [-]
an athlete's visa
User avatar #76 - theblastradius (07/16/2013) [-]
So now if you're out on a date with a girl and she asks what you do in your spare time, you can tell her you're an amateur athlete...
User avatar #142 to #76 - akkere (07/16/2013) [-]
"Oh really? What sport?"
User avatar #158 to #142 - biggydy (07/16/2013) [-]
Starcraft.
User avatar #82 to #76 - broale (07/16/2013) [-]
You sir, are going places.
User avatar #151 to #82 - nocta (07/16/2013) [-]
gaming places
#1 - mudkipfucker (07/15/2013) [-]
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< Athlete
User avatar #2 to #1 - xoyv (07/15/2013) [-]
...are you refering to him as an athlete, or saying that an athlete is much greater than him?
User avatar #3 to #2 - mudkipfucker (07/15/2013) [-]
both
User avatar #14 to #3 - dxninjaxo ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
go **** a mudkip
User avatar #11 to #2 - articulate (07/15/2013) [-]
Wouldn't much greater be << Athlete ?
#17 - usernameerror (07/15/2013) [-]
What's funny is that most people think of pro gamers as out of shape and a loser but iNcontroL is more in shape than majority of everyone on this site, has a hot girlfriend, and is pretty good in the pros
User avatar #23 to #17 - SRsoccerstar (07/15/2013) [-]
You literally picked the one of the only pros that people think is overweight as an example for pro gamers not being overweight.
User avatar #28 to #23 - usernameerror (07/15/2013) [-]
Evil Geniuses: Bench Press

Posting this yet again, he can bench 435. Just because he isn't toned doesn't mean he's not in shape
User avatar #36 to #28 - SRsoccerstar (07/15/2013) [-]
I'm not saying he's fat, read my comment again. I'm telling you its stupid to use the model for non-fat gamers as one that people can look at and accuse of being fat.
#31 to #23 - John Cena (07/15/2013) [-]
Have you seen a majority of football players bodies? So many of them don't look like they're in shape at all because they're not toned but they are a lot stronger than they look.
#37 to #17 - vaskaduzea (07/15/2013) [-]
ye keeep dreaming lol boiz
aint got no **** on the L-God
#143 to #17 - FightClub (07/16/2013) [-]
you call this "more in shape than the majority of everyone on the site?" are you serious?
User avatar #148 to #143 - usernameerror (07/16/2013) [-]
He can bench 435 pounds...
User avatar #149 to #148 - FightClub (07/16/2013) [-]
large muscles with excessive body fat doesn't signify a proper physique.

if that were the case, then a typical emaciated kid that stands 6'0 and weighs 130 would also be considered "in shape." they're not.
User avatar #154 to #149 - usernameerror (07/16/2013) [-]
It also depends what you are trying to accomplish with your lifting or exercising in general. There's no such thing as a 'proper physique' because people trying to cut and tone look a lot different then people trying to bulk. Also have you ever watched strong man competitions? Not everyone there has six packs
User avatar #214 to #154 - FightClub (07/16/2013) [-]
i know but regardless of what they're trying to achieve, if they don't have a proportional physique balancing low fat with muscle tone, they're not necessarily "in shape." sure this guy probably is more "in shape" compared to the lazy and lethargic kids on this site, but in the general consensus, he isn't really "in shape," just robust
User avatar #195 to #17 - tehlulzbringer (07/16/2013) [-]
but he's fat
User avatar #61 to #17 - arsenymous (07/16/2013) [-]
I'm a pro gamer and i'll be going in the marines soon, i think i'm in pretty good shape...
User avatar #90 to #61 - Cobaltsushi ONLINE (07/16/2013) [-]
Going to the Marines huh? I recommend you check out FutureJarheads, its got everything you need to know about the Marines before actually becoming a Marine
User avatar #19 to #17 - Nizmo (07/15/2013) [-]
That guy is fat.
User avatar #20 to #19 - usernameerror (07/15/2013) [-]
Evil Geniuses: Bench Press

Just because he isn't toned doesn't mean he's out of shape.
#162 to #19 - bronywhat (07/16/2013) [-]
you and him fist fight, put it on youtube.
#46 to #19 - John Cena (07/16/2013) [-]
You have no idea what "strong" looks like, do you?
User avatar #168 to #17 - EpicAnon (07/16/2013) [-]
Swifty is pretty ripped too.
And TBNR Frags will run often, even 3 miles at a time.
User avatar #68 to #17 - Conquistador (07/16/2013) [-]
Most of the people here are twelve years old themselves. They just like to talk down about everyone in order to make themselves feel better. The level of hypocrisy, stupidity, and insanity on this site is astounding.
User avatar #83 to #17 - cptgigglepants (07/16/2013) [-]
I like iNcontroL, in shape, has a hot girlfriend, and doesn't afraid of anybody!
#97 - waffies (07/16/2013) [-]
And the casters just keep dicking around as usual!!
And the casters just keep dicking around as usual!!
User avatar #26 - jirichi (07/15/2013) [-]
So...when do I get a scholarship?
User avatar #40 to #26 - Monsterofthedog (07/16/2013) [-]
there is a professional gaming scholarship
atleast there was one for SC2
#192 - zintex (07/16/2013) [-]
Honestly, I can see why people look at professional video game players not as athletes. But the difference is mostly cultural. In Taiwan, South Korea, China, most of the EU and Japan, professional video gamers are treated as professional football or basketball players are.

Just because a professional gamer does not spend hours upon hours of defining their body, they DO spend hours upon hours learning new strategies, increasing their micro (micromanagement for you non-professional gamers, or the ability to move your fingers REALLY fast in a concise way), and overall getting better at their game of choice.

If we are only going to consider those that are physically strong athletes, then why does the word athlete actually mean "contest"? Its a word originating in Greece, and it defined all those who participated in contested.

TLR;
If you really believe that professional gamers are just extreme hobbyists, then step into a professional gamers shoes. Its not easy. It is intense, challenging and there is a growing industry for this. Don't let your preconceptions lead you to be a bigot because Xpecial isn't very buff, or FLASH isn't really that fast. Open your mind up and be a bit more cultured.
User avatar #185 - dantemp (07/16/2013) [-]
training for hours on end
competing for thousands of dollars
having a huge fanbase
smart, hardworking with sharp reflexes and precise control of their mouse

"athletes, how silly, do they even lift?"
**** you OP
User avatar #73 - Shiny (07/16/2013) [-]
Technically, they are athletes, since they're highly skilled in something that requires stamina.
User avatar #63 - mostlyshits ONLINE (07/16/2013) [-]
I'm not saying gamers are athletes [nor am I saying they aren't], but they really do put a lot of time and effort into gaming, and I think it's cool that they are getting recognized for it. ******* 6 hour raids in WoW, jesus christ.
User avatar #66 to #63 - smokekusheveryday (07/16/2013) [-]
I appreciate you thanking my efforts
#52 - muffinmadman (07/16/2013) [-]
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#187 - vicioushaze (07/16/2013) [-]
Whatever you say...
#69 - thisissilly (07/16/2013) [-]
Must be 18 years old, on an actual team (sponsorships, manager and the works) and it's only for visa reasons for traveling to foreign countries and or booking a venue for a major tournament. The US government is just putting esports on a level of validity that the NFL and NBA etc have had
User avatar #16 - shenro (07/15/2013) [-]
also mmohut weekly recap said that the goverment recognizes LoL as a sport
User avatar #22 to #16 - kyrozor (07/15/2013) [-]
Have you never watched eSports? That's some serious **** and it's worth a LOT of money.
User avatar #159 - austone (07/16/2013) [-]
That is my headset that that dude is using!
User avatar #160 to #159 - austone (07/16/2013) [-]
Holy **** I'm taking a picture right now.
#161 to #160 - austone (07/16/2013) [-]
BEHOLD! ME WEARING THE HEADSET FROM THE PICTURE!
User avatar #175 to #161 - sinonyx (07/16/2013) [-]
now show us your penis
User avatar #171 to #161 - kahandran (07/16/2013) [-]
AND WITHOUT YOUR SHIRT! AWESOME!
#177 to #161 - gewehr (07/16/2013) [-]
put a shirt on... and jesus christ is that a racecar bed?
User avatar #184 to #177 - smithforprez (07/16/2013) [-]
you wish you had a racecar bed
#198 to #177 - austone (07/16/2013) [-]
****** that is my HANDMADE racecar bed. my father made it and painted it FOR ME!

Do you have a father that would build you your own god damn racecar bed? I think not.
Do you know why i am using it? BECAUSE IT MAKES MY GIRLFRIENDS PUSSY WET! Do you know how excited she was to finally see it? You don't.

And do you know how ******* hot it is in my room? I have my computer which heats up the place, my stanky ass farts, and me in general. And plus I was working all day at my ************* job so i could pay for that bitchin Hylian shield, the taz clock, Sonic bank, and that gumball machine filled with SKITTLES.

See that ******* Picture of the Golden Gate Bridge? OF COURSE YOU DO! Do you know what it does? IT ******* LIGHTS UP! Do you wanna know what I store iside the spoilers of my Badass car bed? SNES and SNES games, bitch I have ******* Bible Adventures, and that game is the **** . Not to mention I have 4 sonic plush toys and sonic pillows to match them.

See my big ass pillow hanging over the edge? You do if you're not a faggot. That cunt destroyer of a pillow is decked out with WOLVES FAGGOT! And that black blanket? Made by my grandmother, she made that **** herself, and guess who's idea it was to make it? My grandfather. You know what happened to him? He ******* died, that day ******* sucked. I went camping, got up at 5 in the ******* morning, went fishing at Timothy Lake, catch nothing for 15 hours because I suck at fishing, and then get told we got to leave cause he is dying.

See that thing black thing to the left of the SKITTLES MACHINE!? It's over that yellow **** , wanna know what it if? OF COURSE NOT! IT'S A ******* CERAMIC PICHU MADE MY BEST FRIEND IN THE GOD DAMN WORLD! And it is inside a ******* NES case because **** YOU!

tl;dr **** you my nerdy room is something my girlfriend loves about me.
#210 to #198 - gewehr (07/16/2013) [-]
Jeez didn't realize I was dealing with such a badass.
User avatar #191 - kuthar (07/16/2013) [-]
They only recognize pro player that play league of legends. I don't know why this is but it's pretty retarded.
#196 to #191 - zaphodcoolfrood (07/16/2013) [-]
Well they're including Pro LoL players as Professional Athletes for some kind of travel visa thing so they can travel to the country easier. It's not like Obama held a press confrence and said "From this day, LoL players are ATHLETES."
#131 - rapturemonsta (07/16/2013) [-]
lol this is debated more passionately than gay marriage
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