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UFC legend Joe Rogan has faced significant backlash on social media after branding gaming as a "waste of time."
Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience with Joe De Sena, the 52-year-old American podcaster insisted that there is a "real problem" with gaming.
Rogan explained: "They're a real problem. You know why? Because they're f*****g fun. They're [addictive], I have a real problem with them. You do them, and they're real exciting, but you don't get anywhere."
The long-time UFC commentator went on to make an unusual comparison between MMA and gaming.
"You could be doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing f*****g video games," Rogan said.
"Three years later, you could just be that same kid, just playing video games, waiting for the next whatever the f**k game is... and you're gonna waste your time."
Rogan continued by moving on to people who are making "a lot of f*****g money" through gaming streams.
The Joe Rogan Experience host explained: "You have to be adaptable, you have to be able to play multiple video games, because the one video game that you get really good at, what are the odds it'll be around five years from now?"
Popular streamer Ninja was amongst those who reacted to Rogan's comments and suggested that he "doesn't really understand the full context of what the gaming community is."
He said in a video posted on Twitter: "Joe doesn't really understand the full context of what the gaming community is and how many different avenues you can be successful in gaming."
Ninja, real name Richard Blevins, defended the UFC legend in a separate tweet and "would love to explain" to him the change in the gaming landscape.
The 29-year-old American YouTuber said: "Joe Rogan is a gamer, hands down the dudes loves them and is pretty well informed on the competitive side/aspect of it.
"I just believe there is a huge gap of the last five years where gaming has catipulted [sic] into a different era and would love to explain."