Relationship between Esports and Physical activity

Published: 19 July 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/ks6nm4y98z.1
Attila Szabo


Esports are popular and based on the addictive potential of video games they might be more addictive than traditional sports or physical activities. This pilot study gauged the prevalence of addiction risk in Esports players who played at least thrice weekly and its relationship to physical activity habits. Volunteers n=116 (93.1% males; mean age=23.91±4.47) Esports players answered demographic questions about their Esport playing and exercise habits and completed the adapted revised Exercise Addiction Inventory online. Results indicated that theprevalence of risk of Esport addiction was 3.44% (4/116), which is similar to or lower than the risk in traditional physical activities or sports. There was no relationship between Esport and physical activity. Over 70% of the sample exercised thrice weekly for 5 hrs or more. These preliminary results suggest that Esports are less addictive than traditional sports, and their growth may not foster an increase in problematic gaming. Further, more play cannot be linked to less physical activity. Finally, Esports players are physically active, and over two-thirds meet the World Health Organization’s activity recommendations for health.


Steps to reproduce

Recruit Esports players (possibly more than in this study) who play at least thrice weekly and ask them the weekly frequency, duration, and history of both Esports playing and physical activity. Calculate the association indices between these variables. Also ask participants to completed the adapted for Esports (replace word exercise with Esports) revised Exercise Addiction Inventory. Those scoring 29 or more are at risk of addiction.


Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyegyetem


Psychology, Game Playing, Sport, Computer, Competition, Gambling, Technology