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Esports weekly: Healthcare is for pro gamers, H1Z1's mission to remain relevant

This week in esports sees doctor Levi Harrison talk about the importance of healthcare for professional gamers, and we take another look at esports and the Olympic games.

Healthy esports

Variety caught up with Los Angeles doctor Levi Harrison, who has entered into the esports market to offer services to professional gamers. As well as dealing with issues that plague traditional athletes, Harrison is moving to those who play video games on-stage. From the report:

Not only are traditional sports teams investing in esports, they're also offering professional video game players the same type of access to nutritionists, psychologists, trainers, and medical staff that pro athletes receive.

Harrison revealed that "when it comes to esports players, the brain is the first instrument players use to strategize, and the second instrument is the body, using your hands, wrists, elbows, and arms. Teams today are starting to have more medical staff beyond coaches and gaming coordinators. Having a medical professional who's been a gamer and understands the body as well as the ergonomics of gaming is important to not only win, but to play for a long time."

It makes sense and it can only be a positive advancement to offer better behind-the-scenes services to players.

The Olympic dream


We looked at the news esports will be heading to the Olympic games, but according to new data released by Nielsen, gamers aren't too convinced it should become a recognized sport at the games. That said, is there still room for professional video games during the Olympic games, even if it's not to become an official discipline? We're interested in your thoughts.

H1Z1 standards


Daybreak Games is still working on returning H1Z1 to its former glory as one of the leading battle royale games and esports is going to play a major role with the new league. The H1Z1 Pro League has found its home in Las Vegas, with the backing of gambling corporation, Caesars Entertainment. This has helped secure a 50,000 square foot production facility for two matches per week. Our Matt Brown traveled to Las Vegas last month to check out the stage.

Upcoming events

  • IEM CS:GO - May 4 - 6, watch on Twitch.
  • EPICENTER DOTA 2 - May 4 - 6, watch on Twitch.
  • Overwatch finals - May 4, watch on Twitch.

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Curling is an Olympic sport. Are eSports so different? Does the playing field or the competition make the critical difference?
  • "Sport: An activity involving physical exertion and skill ..."
    So: NO!!
  • Gaming professionally does take toll on your body. And it definitely needs skill. So: Yes.
  • No- its not a sport any more than a discussion group is a sport
  • No. It may be a competition, but it is not a sport. Don't care what you call it.
  • Not a sport! Also, poker is not a sport. Why do sports networks have poker?
  • This is all so very sad. I'm glad I don't watch the Olympics. Eventually, nobody will get their butts off the couch and the only competition that will exist is pretend sports.
  • Good thing the Olympics isn't limited to sports huh.
  • eSport is good for advertising. Sponsors like money. So eSport will be part of Olympic Games sooner or later whatever you think / want.
  • If Chess is recognized by the IOC, Esports can be too.