Kotaku Insults eSports — PC Gamer Presents Rebuttal

Two days ago, Kotaku posted an article on pro gaming in which the writer’s insulting views on eSports riled up an army of angry fans.

In a recent article, PC Gamer stepped up to the plate to rebut many of the factual errors in Kotaku’s article and defend eSports’ honor.

Gaming’s rapidly shedding its social stigma. Over half of the people in the UK are considered active gamers: our hobby is not the preserve of the maladjusted or socially weird. Why then, articles like Jen’s feel the need to disparage a rapidly growing, incredibly exciting offshoot of general gaming, purely because it’s not a traditional prism through which to view games?

Compare that to a choice quote from the Kotaku article:

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching people who are better than me at video games play them for money, especially when I don’t know those people.

Oh wait. No I don’t.

Wow. That’s quite a statement.

Here, let me try one:

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching people who are better than me at baseball play the sport for money, especially when I don’t know those people.

Oh wait. No I don’t. Yet millions of people still do, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The entire sports scene is built around people watching games played by people who are more skilled than them. If that’s an argument against eSports, that’s an argument against sports — period. But that doesn’t prevent sports from being a multi-billion dollar business.

PC Gamer, I tip my glass to you.

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4 Comments on Kotaku Insults eSports — PC Gamer Presents Rebuttal

SupremeAllah

On July 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I’ve always believed that video games are not in any way, a sport.

They don’t really meet the basic criteria of what makes a sport. Sure there’s competition, but competition isn’t something mutually exclusive to sports.

I remember people playing Counter strike would be all full of themselves, claiming “durrrr I’m in CAL-I or CAL-H” (H for homo). Was I impressed? Grats son, you’re playing games all day and not going outside to play a real sport. Grats, brah.

Luther

On July 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

My entire life I have been surrounded by video games, its a part of me and who I am, just like the kids next door that have been playing there basket ball, and baseball. When I dedicated myself to a certain game to reach a higher level of skill it had taken me years in Counter Strike to reach the point of being able to dominate anyone I came across and you’ll lose that skill 5 times faster then it took to obtain so pro’s are forced to play there dedicated game every day 10 hours a day.

Watching a pro vs another can be vary exiting, learning tricks and seeing skills honed to a point that you would never be able to obtain, some people like me run into blocks where once you hit it there isn’t really any improvements after that.

I can’t stand watching average joe’s play video games its incredibly boring but its not every day I see pros going at it and that’s something else entirely.

SupremeAllah

On July 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Counter-Strike probably is a bad example in some ways since it was supposed to be a team based game, anyway.

The key to winning those clan matches and all that was teamwork, afterall.

But that still doesn’t make it a sport. Hell, even people using the word “skill” to describe something in video games irritates me.

johny5ALIVE

On July 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I am an avid esports viewer and watch streams probably three times a week. 85k viewers watching NASL trumps anything said against the growth of esports.

Just do the math….

How many viewers did starcraft broodwar get? 200? maybe?