The game of Rock-Paper-Scissors has a history that goes back to the most significant events determining the tide of history. If that seems unbelievable, that information comes straight from the United States of America Rock-Paper-Scissors League where they remind the basic concept of the game goes back to the ancients. While perhaps not the game that’s played today, the strategy behind it went all the way up to the Revolutionary War in determining chances of winning, plus fortitude. And with Rock-Paper-Scissors having its roots in random chance, it’s only been recently when the game’s mathematical conundrums were finally cracked.
Yes, all of us have played Rock-Paper-Scissors at one time or another, usually to make a decision with friends or family that was fair and square. But while it’s been used as a game that helps us make the best decisions, you probably never thought it could be played professionally. You may be surprised that the above-mentioned RPS league exists exclusively to give people the chance to play it in professional tournaments for big deal money.
Before you go and think this is the equivalent of playing chess in the Olympics, you have to consider the implications of RPS becoming a professional sport. When you see how fast it is and needing no special equipment, it’s easily a sport that doesn’t have to turn corporate while still having great entertainment value. Perhaps someday, someone will turn it into a more elaborate corporate sport if such a thing can be done (with giant foam fingers?), though you have a chance to join a professional league of expert RPS players right now.
What is the United States of America Rock-Paper-Scissors League?
Most people probably don’t know that a professional league exists for RPS. The reason is because it’s only been around since 2006 when they say the RPS renaissance started picking up in America. By joining their league, you have a chance to compete in a national competition that can determine one national champion. And through this designation, you could be deemed a true athlete who only uses their fingers to show athletic adeptness.
If that would have sounded like an article in The Onion a decade ago, you’re probably not alone. Regardless, if you feel like you’re a master Rock-Paper-Scissors, you might want to think seriously about the possibility of making a sideline career out of it. Thorough annual championship tournaments, you might win money, plus represent the league in getting professional RPS into the limelight.
Will Professional RPS Tourneys Become Mainstream?
While not an extreme sport, you have to assume that professional RPS games will eventually make a deal with the USARPS League and get some tournaments on TV. Every oddball sport eventually gets its due in the limelight, which you can more than say about Curling. RPS has just as much excitement and offbeat rulings as Curling does, which gives some incentive to root professional RPS on.
If you don’t think such a thing wouldn’t be exciting to watch on TV, read the rules of professional RPS on the USARPS League site to visualize it for yourself. With more complex rules than you might think, it would be both fast-paced and extensive enough for multiple rounds (or “engagements” as the league calls them).
The only question is whether such a thing would be taken seriously enough to eventually become an Olympic sport. With Curling making it there after years of being scoffed at as being very unexciting, it’s not unusual to visualize people sitting in the round watching people use their fingers in a dexterous game of RPS. Anything overly strange about that would be in the training and perhaps seeing RPS athletes using weights on their fingers or inventing finger pushups.