Infinity Ward can’t change Call of Duty too much because it’s like a sport
“We can’t change too many of the core rules,” insists Mark Rubin
Call of Duty has long been a staple of the pro-gaming scene, but Activision has stepped up the focus on tournament gaming in recent years, adding appropriate features such as shout casting to Black Ops 2, and hosting a million dollar Call of Duty championship this spring. However it is not the only game to enter the pro gaming scene. League of Legends recently hosted a world tournament with a 2 million dollar prize pool. DotA 2 and Starcraft II have also hosted tournaments with a 1.6 million dollar prize pool. However can it be considered, an actual sport.
Recently there has been a large debate regarding to whether or not, gaming should be considered a professional sport and if gamers should be considered athletes. Firstly the definition of athlete, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is, “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise”. According to the same dictionary, sports is, “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”. The argument against it is that playing on a computer does not suffice as physical exertion. However, I consider the amount of concentration and talent required to compete on a professional level is extraordinary. It is no secret that Koreans and Chinese constantly prove to be superior gamers due to their ability to concentrate at a much higher level. However recently Europe and USA have made themselves visible in the gaming scene.
I think that even though gaming does not involve direct movement, it should still be labeled as a sport. If chess and golf, with their limited physical requirements, are labeled as sports, then gaming should be as well. It is just like any other sport. Individual players come together and make a team which go against each other. In Korea at the moment, professionals are being idolized more than athletes due to the impact on society gaming has on the country and the younger generation. In the near future, I predict that gaming will become more popular and maybe, in the very distant future, be considered universally as a sport.