This entire idea is set on a false dichotomy. You do not have to have a "level playing field" for hard core skill based play. If you did then games like Magic: The Gathering and essentially all modern sports would not fall into that category, which is pretty absurd. The idea that one is "more skillful" than the other is also pretty dumb considering that they are different skill sets. Whats even funnier is the very skill sets you seem to think are "hardcore skill based" are actually the very same skills that we have been evolving out of. The outguess opponent and exploit mistakes all comes from the lower animal brain, which is why apes are much better than humans at doing it.