Three pro gamers, one nation and a community struggle to compete in the world of eSports – competitive video gaming.

I became fascinated with professional gaming while working as a sports journalist. It wasn’t uncommon to argue with colleagues about what constitutes a “real” sport, whether it be hockey, car racing, poker or chess. But when the topic of “eSports” (electronic sports) came across the news desk, there was a resounding, “NO!”

I wanted to give this community of competitors a fair shake, and so I set out to explore what makes something a sport, or what makes someone an athlete in today’s digital age, through the lens of this unique and rapidly growing cultural phenomenon.