The title raises a first question: Can we call an athlete to someone who plays video games? The answer is yes!

For one, both e-gamers and professional athletes dedicate many hours practicing their sport either in personal skills or team performance with their teammates devoting every waking moment to making themselves better at their prospective aspirations.

A very important note, they make a living out of video games going from just over $115k to more than $506k for the top player, with the average being $218k. If we look at how many young people dream of playing video games for a living and how many do it, we see the same probability as being a major football player.

When you start, it is all about putting the time and improving results as a team. As you start to win tournaments, you start to move up to larger events with bigger prize money and soon, playing is the easiest part. Pretty soon players need to make the transition to a situation where everything they do is about gaming. It’s like a business, and they have to run it as such. People are watching — sponsors and potential sponsors, as well as fans — so they have to conduct themselves better than the average gamer.

Fatigue in eSports

The reality of the daily routine can be practice from 4 pm to midnight, then more streaming for practices, guides, or boosting until 6 am. Sleep until noon, rinse and repeat for months on end so you can achieve a championship level. “The absence of true social interaction aside, another key necessity that is often overlooked is the financial obligations. Companies that award sponsorships to professional gamers look to use the teams as advertising, but aren’t initially willing to do more than providing some hardware or apparel for the teams use at tournaments.”

How Does Fatigue Affect eSports Athletes?

Scientists at the German Sports University have conducted a study of eSports athletes, and they were surprised by their results. They found that they are exposed to physical strains similar to those of "normal" athletes. Up to this study, no one had previously looked into the demands placed on an eSports professional, the kind of training he needs to go through to compete, or what kind of strains he is exposed to during a tournament. “The eSports athletes achieve up to 400 movements on the keyboard and the mouse per minute, four times as much as the average person. The whole thing is asymmetrical because both hands are being moved at the same time and various parts of the brain are also being used at the same time. This is a level of strain that the scientist had never observed in any other sport, not even in table-tennis players, who require a high level of hand-eye coordination.” Froböse said.

"The most competitive teams in the world are already pushing the boundaries of improving player wellness."

Teams that get significant funding are focussing on eliminating decision fatigue and implementing nutrition, exercise, and teambuilding programs, teams across the world are working to not only extend the average playing career but to enhance performance. Fatigue management plays a strong part alongside exercising and eating correctly, just like in any other strenuous high-performance set of tasks.