Controversy: The magazine Marianne tried to explain eSport and became a laughingstock on Twitter

You may have heard about it, the magazine Marianne published an article on eSport… which sometimes made the specialists in the field laugh, sometimes shocked.

A article called “‘E-sport’, a sport like any other?” published by Marianne and signed Jérémie Peltiergave the strong reactions on the Internet. Many consider it a article lacks researchand written in a certain humility. Above all, these observers hope that by 2022, we will no longer be there…

For a very long time, Viewing traditional video game media is complicated for the fans. For many years, and especially through the mainstream media who talks about it a lot on the Internet, democratization of video games in all social and generational fields, the place this industry has gained in the world economyseems to be the treatment of video games in the media mainstream ones be more relevant and done with respect. But if we believe in social networks, Articles full of clichés and knowingly written against have not gone awaythey just moved to eSports…

eSport, a sport? A debate that is no longer among specialists

The title itself raises questions, both the formulation “The e-sport” seems forced, while most people who use this term in French simply say “l’eSport” (we are not talking about the spelling eSport / e-sport here, but we are talking about the fact that in French, a vowel after “the ” changes the latter to “the”). When we read the article, we first see the never-ending debate on the difference between traditional sport and eSportin the context of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, and eSport events announced by the President of the French Republic. A debate that eSports specialists haven’t had for a while now.

In fact, there is those who consider it a sport like everyone elsebecause there is intensive exerciseson times of euphoria and doubtwith absolutes mental but also physical trainerswhich are almost all of the pro players very ingrained physics to keep up with the flow of games, the required cardio and able withstand strong pressure.

And there are those who believe that it is a game that is different from traditional gameswithout not necessarily comparable, or valid through this. let’s remember that Chess is considered a sport and those sports that are in the Olympics like golf or archery / sport shootingthe sports disciplines that require more mental capacity (especially accuracy, seen in eSport) purely athletic. In other words, opinions differ, but let’s not debate the term “sport” anymoreamong those who know it.

Attack on eSports… or video games?

Let’s add that the article quickly created confusion: mixing the practice of video games and eSports. In fact, if we read the passages like the one below, we can easily understand that the author is mixing the two activities.

Since you obviously see it as big as a house, it’s all game. Yes. sport. Well known. Everyone is doing sports sitting in a chair or on the couch. It is well known that looking at a screen without blinking is a sport and physical resistance. Yes, it is well known. Let’s explain to us that e-sport is good because it develops many skills. Team spirit, tactical sense, reflexes. Yes. And since it’s sport, it should be good for your health (because sport is a priori good for your health).

If you’ve ever seen a competitive player, especially an esports professional, you know that no one was on their couch and no one stayed. We see there the confusion in the practice of entertainment in video gameswhich has little relevance to the practice of eSports and even less in a professional setting.

Controversy: The magazine Marianne tried to explain eSport and became a laughingstock on Twitter

The rest of the paragraph tells us about HEALTHas we know that the practice of sport at a very high level is never good for your healththe same injuries during the career, and post-career consequences body professional, can be harmful (brain damage in rugby, American football, spinal damage in gymnastics, etc …). It is not There is no question of doubting the benefits of physical activity health: clear! On the other hand, professional sports are always involved asking your body to do more than it feels.

Esports, bad for your health?

The rest of the article continues to talk about health problems that the magazine can bring, according to eSport : myopia, decreased lung capacity due to a sedentary lifestyle due to exposure to screens, obesityetc… Again, this can be related to talk about entertainment video game practice, definitely not professional eSports. Once again, Professional players train physically every day which are above their form according to the famous saying: a healthy mind in a healthy body. Again, on complete contradiction of the last paragraph of the article which explains to us that young people don’t have time to play sports anymore and that’s it because of eSports.

One in four young people between the ages of 16 and 25 say they do little physical or sporting activity (less than three times a month), or none at all, and that between of the reasons given, lack of time is the first.

gold, one in four young people do not practice eSportsit’s a very small number of players, an elite.

Controversy: The magazine Marianne tried to explain eSport and became a laughingstock on Twitter

A poorly thought out article that hypes up the players?

This is not to mention the ultra-condescending phrases as:

We will not mention the excellent effect that we can expect from e-sport on the concentration, memorization and ability of our teenagers to have more than 500 vocabulary words. I think the benefits will be seen in a short time.

Marianne therefore clearly goes hand in hand with eSport practice and lack of vocabulary. Also, “our teenagers” play video games, but are not professional eSports players. Let’s add to that the contempt of the class of the phraseclearly saying that those who play video games do not know the French language and apparently those who have no vocabulary are stupid.

An article that could have been a vector of explanation in a new competitive discipline for an audience that knows little or nothing about it, became a damning article. Furthermore, even Marianne does not make the educational and explanatory effort that naturally comes with this type of article, because, they said, “we don’t care”.

You don’t understand anything? Don’t know what Major Counter Strike or TrackMania Games are? We don’t care.

Chain reactions on Twitter

you doubt, the reactions of Internet users are quick and – for some – angry. First, for all the confusion and confusion in the article: difference between video games and eSports, this is the first point, but not the only one. The article puts in the mouth of eSports fans are opinions that not all of them have, and sometimes not really majority opinions. We discussed this above, Many fans see eSports as a sport, but not a traditional sport. Importantly, the article says this:

Because obviously, e-sport enthusiasts want to participate in the Olympic Games in the future. Because you obviously see it as big as a house, it’s all sports.

Another classic mistake. with eSports fans want their Olympics, will never participate in the classic Olympics. Marianne said this, not the “followers” they were talking about.

Controversy: The magazine Marianne tried to explain eSport and became a laughingstock on Twitter

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So Marianne’s article misses the opportunity to ask really relevant questions about eSports and content itself with linking clichés that can be described as slanderers of video games. Enough to have such a reaction…

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