The Association between Esports Participation, Health and Physical Activity Behaviour

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Oct 8;17(19):7329. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17197329.


We investigated the association between obesity, self-reported physical activity, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and perceived health in esports players, and the influence of player in-game rank. Data was collected with an online survey with an international participant sample of esports players representing five esports and all skill levels (n = 1772). Esports players were more likely to be categorized as normal weight, or obesity class 2 and 3 and as non-smokers (92%) and non-drinkers (65.1%) compared to international reference data. Esports players met international physical activity guidelines less than global general population. Esports players ranked in the top 10% were more physically active compared to the remaining esports players. As esports player in-game rank increased, so did the amount of time spent playing esports. Although esports players appear generally healthy, a small group was significantly obese and most esports players did not meet physical activity guidelines, indicating potential future health risks.

Keywords: BMI; alcohol use; exercise; smoking behaviour; video gaming.

MeSH terms

  • Exercise / physiology
  • Health
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Video Games*