Sunday, February 22, 2015

(S7) eSports

The Future of eSports

According to Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen (speaking to Gamespot), after a long back and forth with the government, the U.S. finally now recognizes eSports players as professional athletes, and will grant them visas under that identifier.”

John Skipper

When asked to comment on Amazon’s $1 billion deal to buy video game streaming site Twitch, ESPN President John Skipper didn’t mince words when it came to offering his appraisal of the form of entertainment dubbed ‘eSports.’   “It’s not a sport — it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition,” said Skipper in remarks Thursday at the Code/Media Series: New York conference. “Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”
~John Skipper  This is their report


1. What do you think? Are eSports a real sport?

2. Do you think eSports might take over Championship basketball or Monday Night Football in terms of popularity?  Do eSports deserve a place in the Olympics?  (Consider what you / your friends do; watch sports or play video games)

3. What is the streaming site Twitch all about?

4. If you were able to be a part of an eSports team would you take that chance, why or why not?  What team would you be on?