Amateur theater (amateur dramatics) can be defined as "theater performances in which the people involved are not paid but take part for their own enjoyment" which provides a source of entertainment for local communities and can be a fun and exciting hobby, with strong bonds of friendship formed through participation in community organised theatrical events. Many amateur theater groups reject the "amateur" label and its negative association with "amateurish", preferring to style themselves "dramatic societies", "theater groups" or just "players".People act in the amateur theater for the enjoyment of being someone else in a story. The script is pre-written, no matter how greatly you play Romeo or Juliet, both will die at the end of the play. The performance have no professional value. If someone want to see a good play he goes and see professionals performing it instead of acting himself. The actors do it for the enjoyment of acting.
My question is: "Are the modern MMOs digital amateur theaters?" I mean you get a scene and other performers. You get a script written by lore-writers and railroaded by supporting actors, the NPCs. You have no power over what will happen. You just play your role and see how the story unfolds. If you fail to do so, the other actors are waiting for you to try again, after all, it's not a paid job, you are not expected to do well. Just as there is no toplist for "best amateur Juliets for the 2016 season", there is no such for "best WoW hero" either. If you are really good, you should become one of the pro actors and live on the money that audience gets you for your stream.
The amateur theater is a good hobby. But it's not a game like baseball or football, which - even when done in an amateur fashion - are done in a competitive fashion. One team wins, other loses (and pay for the beers). Maybe as competitive games are called e-sports, story-driven games should be called e-amateur theaters. This would be both a clear indication that a certain label is not for gamers, but without any negative meaning. There is nothing wrong with acting as hobby. If there would be a strong e-theater community with their own publishers, labels, journalism, forums, we would stop annoying each other. An actor in a game is holding the gamers back. A gamer in a theater ruins the play by trying to win (imagine a Juliet who goes for "and they lived happily ever after" ending).