Events such as Tougeki or shows such as GameCenter CX demonstrate that there are some people who will enjoy electronic sports as spectators, but I don't think it will ever become mainstream.
It already has, just not here.
Korea is not a place.
It wouldn't be any lamer than Texas Hold 'Em.
Actually, video games are already a spectator sport. MLG makes many dollars. MOBAs are rising in popularity and tournaments are watched as sports over the internet. More and more modern games are integrating and supporting streams like Twitch allowing you to show your friends the games you are playing and earn money supporting a fan base. The LPing community on Youtube and elsewhere has been alive and well for quite some time.
This guy seems to think that just because that these tournaments aren't on TV makes them less of a sport, which is... unfortunate. Computer gaming has everything this guy mentioned. Just not on TV.
|Sexy Duck Cop |
At what point did people decide that talking really fast is what cool people do
what he's talking about is games like Dota, Star Craft, Counter-Strike, various arena shooters, or fighting games.
those games are competitive and the gameplay is nuanced enough for an announcer to actually have to say things to update the audience on what's going on (probably a lot more going on in a game of Counter-Strike than there is going on in a game of soccer).
for example, Dota teams have their own merchandise, there's teams from all over the world, and there's all kinds of personalities that come out in tournaments. you can even see cultural differences come out in american teams and chinese teams, it's probably something somebody could write a dissertation about.
it's definitely not the same as watching your friend play skyrim or some other casual game.
i don't really like the guy or his channel, but what he's saying in this video isn't off base. i wouldn't be surprised if competitive video games finally broke into the mainstream soon
I hesitate to admit that I watch competitive Star Craft II. I've played the game enough to appreciate just how good the pros are, and I actually find it entertaining enough to tune in while I'm having lunch or something. It doesn't compare to, say, hockey (god I love hockey) but I greatly prefer it to something like golf or darts or snooker, and most Olympic events, like swimming or track or cycling, etc.
Like with regular sports, you start to develop favourite players after a while, you start to notice players with big personalities, and get caught up in the drama if you're into that. It really isn't that different.
I don't think this guy is aware of how much support games like SCII have for casting and viewing. Blizzard actually embraces and actively encourages it, and has actually been making moves to improve the interface and availability, etc. There are several professional English-speaking casters, and the games they cast are available online for free, to watch whenever you like; you don't need to own the game, you just need access to YouTube. There are also databases, such as Liquipedia, which document stats, tournament histories, career earnings, etc, so you can learn about players and follow along if you care.
|Binro the Heretic |
Isn't there some saying that the answer to a headline that asks a question is always "no"?
The Idea Channel: If you started punching this guy in the face, how soon would you be able to stop yourself? Two punches? Five? Fourteen?
Hi, smug Hipster with no knowledge or ability to think rationally, what bullshit mouthsemenspew do you have for me today?
I feel better about myself that I have no strong feelings about this guy or his topics.
Mario Party World Cup.
1. ) dude thinks he is way smarter than he is.
2. ) brevity is the soul of wit - willie s.
3.) if your audience is the internet their attention span is no more than 3 minutes max. not that you need to stick to that, but if you can't phrase your idea in 3 minutes you really don't know what you want to say or what to do minutes after the three minute mark.
|Spaceman Africa |
Oh man this guy is totally opening up my mind to all these craaazy ideas
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