Diggity: Be a Fan of the Game, Not of a Player/Caster
Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with veteran eSports commentator Diggity about the state of eSports in North America. In this excerpt, Diggity explains why the tendency for viewers to follow casters and players rather than the game itself can be detrimental to the scene’s growth.
Do you believe the sheer amount of amateur and professional casts available for people to watch is diluting the audience and detracting overall from having a centralized, popular league?
I think NASL, MLG, IPL, and GSL still get the main focus. There’s definitely dilution and spread, but it still seems the casual viewing audience gravitates toward TotalBiscuit for his voice, and HD and Husky because of their energy.
What I’m worried about is the tendency for people to follow casters and players rather than the game. I think it’s okay to be a fan, but it seems many people will exclusively follow one player. For example, for a while there was a sprint around KiWiKaKi, then TLO, and most recently Spanishiwa. I think just following a single player or caster and not viewing the large tournaments is detrimental. It’s great that these players/casters draw new people into the community, but my concern is that fans will stop there rather than follow the scene itself. As a result, there are isolated bubbles of a community rather than one unified community.
Stay tuned for our full interview with Diggity, which will be posted later today.