A friend remarked to me that playing video games professionally today is the equivalent of professional gamblers in the times of the talmud, specifically in that both are not involved in "Yishuvo shel Olam" (loosely: the substantive betterment of the world).

Do any modern day halachic authorities discuss the occupation of playing video games professionally?

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    Why would they be equated to gamblers and not professional athletes?
    – rosends
    Oct 10, 2019 at 14:19
  • @rosends they are not performing any athletic feats, I would assume Oct 10, 2019 at 14:24
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    @rosends why should those be different
    – Double AA
    Oct 10, 2019 at 14:29
  • @DoubleAA I don't think that they should be. The question seems to treat video gamers as distinct.
    – rosends
    Oct 10, 2019 at 14:53
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    FWIW I just asked Rav Aviner this question and he said it would be forbidden for the reason I proposed as well as moshav leitzim Oct 10, 2019 at 18:23

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The same would probably therefore extend to singers or anything like that. Besides for the fact that I believe there are other reasons that gambling is assur, gamers technically are supplying entertainment (such as singers), whereas gamblers are just... gambling.

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