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Should competitive video gaming be a part of the Olympics?

Video games do not fit in with Olympic sports

Olympics are about skill, as are video games

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Video games should not be a part of the Olympics as they inherently don’t fit in, claims Damon Poeter of PC Mag, who emphasizes that the antique competition doesn't rely on mechanised or computer-aided technology. Competitive car racing is a sport that requires phenomenal reflexes, but isn't featured at the Olympics, and there are no plans in place to include it in the future. While Poeter doesn’t deny competitive gaming’s appeal as a spectacle that can attract huge crowds, it would be a stretch for it to be included in the Olympics.

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Video games have already amassed the huge crowds that would make them a popular sport at the Olympics, writes Stephen Totilo of Kotaku. He believes that archery and shot put don’t involve any more skill than most video games do. Thriving at certain video games requires physical finesse exceeding that of a competitive shooter, according to Totilo. The reflexes and strategy in competitive gaming are exceptional, just like those of real-life sports. As many people watch Olympic sports for the skill needed to play them, how are video games any different?

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