Esports

Defining a sport

Tegan Marie competes at Craig Campbell's 6th Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. Photo: Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images

The emergence of esports and breakdancing's Olympics debut in 2024 got me thinking: What is a "sport" exactly?

I wondered: Is any competition considered a sport? Does someone need to be keeping score? Is physical exertion required?

Esports network to launch New York, Los Angeles studios

A man playing video games
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Video Game Entertainment & News Network (Venn), a startup seeking to make 55 hours of esports content a week, plans to launch studios in New York and Los Angeles in mid-2020, the Los Angeles Times writes.

The big picture: The New York-based business has raised $17 million and is looking to become a gaming network, with distribution deals including Twitch, YouTube and Hulu TV. The esports category has expanded in popularity, particularly with young people, with platforms like Twitch allowing gamers to grow more connected by streaming their activities.