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.