International Olympic Committee

Are esports sports? Overwatch players sure act the part

Seung-Tae Choi doesn't look the part of a traditional athlete, not with his shaggy hair, smallish build and an expression that says ready to nap rather than game on.

During all the hours he spends playing video games, though, the 21-year-old from South Korea certainly acts it.

"We're not here to have fun," he said through a translator.

Choi — better known to his fans as Bdosin — and his teammates with the London Spitfire like to think they're making a statement on a major stage this weekend: esports might not be the same as football or basketball, but the competition is as real and the lifestyle as intense as it is for any traditional sports star.