I've been thinking a lot about this lately, and honestly I'm quite conflicted.
I feel that any sport that really is a sport should be on topic here, regardless of it is on topic on another site. Overlap is fine. So the real question is, are e-sports sports?
E-sports is essentially glorified computer gaming. Instead of someone shooting hoops 16 hours a day to be a pro, they play a game (like Starcraft 2) for 16 hours a day.
Now the average athlete will tell you that gaming is about the most nonathletic thing you can do. I would contend for the casual gamer this is true. However professional gamers require great agility, coordination, and endurance to excel at their gaming.
- In Starcraft gamers are often clocked at performing over 400 actions per minute. That's over 6 per second, consistently.
- There are specific exercises pro gamers do to increase their agility, reduce repetitive strain injuries, and go for longer periods without a break.
- Pro gamers practice mouse movements to achieve perfect mousing (that is, they aim to stop their mouse on the exact pixel they intend to) to prevent misclicks which can cost them the game.
- There are athletic similarities between pro gaming and something like Table Tennis (which I imagine most would agree IS a sport). Consider the paddle to be like the mouse, and the spin/angle to be like the key-hand (pro gamers use a "mousing hand" and a "keyboarding hand").
Now it would seem that perhaps we might be tempted to say "If the question pertains to the athletic component, then perhaps it would be allowed, but the gaming component would not be allowed". But if that's the case, then what about a question about the Tampa Two defense? The athletics of defenders is merely an means by which they achieve their goal of fulfilling the strategy.
I'm sure I could come up with more rational arguments for why it should be allowed. And yet, I find myself unable to flat out say that e-sports would be on topic here.
Another thing I've considered is audience: is the audience that's likely to be on this site going to be able to answer expert level questions about e-sports? My initial thought is probably not. If people are brought to the site as a result of e-sports questions, are they likely to stay? Again, probably not.
So I remain 100% convinced that e-sports are indeed sports. I feel they meet the criteria. But at the same time, I feel they shouldn't be considered on topic. But then that violates the principle that we accept all sports.
So I open it up to the community for some input.