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Kotaku - Should Competitive Gaming Be On National TV? Experts Are Divided

Competitive gaming has millions of fans. Its biggest stars earn six-figure salaries. Yet it's nowhere to be found on American television. You may happen upon bowling, lumberjack contests, or even rock-paper-scissors while channel surfing, but nary a match of StarCraft or League of Legends. (Call of Duty, Halo, Industry, MLG, PC, PS3, StarCraft, Starcraft II, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Wii, Xbox 360)

mandf  +   950d ago
If it's done professionally yes, if not no. I don't want B-list actors making our hobby look childish. The media gaming media already does that. The question is how entertaining is this. Some would ask themselves "why watch? when you could just go play the game yourself?" It would have to be done just right.
Irishguy95  +   950d ago
Why watch when you can play yourself

Ask that to any sports fan.
mandf  +   950d ago
But unlike sports, we all actually can compete equally.
EbeneezerGoode  +   950d ago
No. sports are NOT like games. At all.

Nobody is gonna give a crap about "gamer x" outside of a few hundred nerds. The medium is about interaction. We have the game, playing the game itself is what it's about.

Personally I'm not a big sports watcher either but it is at least entertaining to those that are.

Are we about the love of the game or the gamers? as gamers we love the games themselves.

As football/tennis/boxing fans the majority wouldn't know where to start in those sports but are fans of the people doing them.

This is completely reversed with gaming.

I have no interest in watching some super-dork mousing away for 3 hours when I have spent thousands on my own PC/COnsole/games...

I've seen this on TV before and it always seemed stupid
guitarded77  +   950d ago
I saw "Absolutely"... there are thousands of crappy programs focused at particular groups on TV. I'm sure there's an audience for this. Maybe even non gamers will watch for the competition, and Vegas will have something else to gamble on... if they don't already gamble on this.
Army_of_Darkness  +   950d ago
I'd only watch if the show has only half naked sexy girls competing against each other, then when the sore loser loses in that particular game they fight it out under a waterfall:-D
GiggMan  +   950d ago
People watch others play Cards (Poker) all the time when they can just open up a deck and get some friends together and just play. Not my thing but their could be a market for it late night on ESPN lol.
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JsonHenry  +   950d ago
If it gets viewers and in turn gets advertisers why not?
Soldierone  +   950d ago
However you "cant" compete in sports, and if you can you can't compete at the level the professionals are at. A lot of people don't exercise or train, and if they do they don't train at that level. The ones that do probably are in some league, but they still watch the sport on TV.

Gaming could do something similar if teams are "training" hard enough. You could also develop exclusive maps etc just for the TV versions. Could possibly be like American Idol too where they go to cities and host tournaments to let people get in, this would create a "well you lost to this team, but it represents your town so root for them!"
Revolver_X_  +   950d ago
After watching some competitive tournaments, I cant help, but think Im better then 90% of them, except fighters, I just suck at them. I'd rather play the games myself, then watch tournament full of ppl Im better then. Just sayin...
Pozzle  +   950d ago
I don't see why not. Competitive gaming would be a step up from most of the crap that's aired on TV nowadays.
Soldierone  +   950d ago
It probably wouldn't be given a chance.

Sports work well because you have a team to support and you put your devotion in it. Watching any sport without any interest in supporting a single team becomes boring as hell. Thats why they create "home teams" so you get behind them.

Gaming would have to do the same. People will need to find their teams, and get behind them. Otherwise watching people play video games is rather boring. So if people don't get behind teams fast enough, it will just get canned.

I remember (i think it was GameSpot) used to do something with it and I loved watching it. I will say I rather watch this than pretty much every sport except hockey.

I also agree with above. It needs to be actual gamers not "famous people" because that's just stupid to watch, let alone annoying.
"how do you do that!"
You just press a button buffoon!
grahf  +   950d ago
You may be onto something.

City/State based teams.
Look, anyone can try to walk onto an NFL team, you just won't get far (like the parking lot!). Gamers could try out for "local" teams based on where they are from and that could generate "home-team" interest.

Just a thought.
EbeneezerGoode  +   950d ago

Games are about interaction, doing things yourself. That is the very reason they became so popular. Watching them is PASSIVE. If i want to watch passive things I'll watch a movie.
OmniSlashPT  +   950d ago
Competitive gaming is utterly boring to watch, either its RTS, FPS or fighting games. Fighting games have some epic moments, but its not appealing enough.

But a Video Game Channel would be a good idea. With news, events, reviews, previews and competitive gaming, why not. They could also have some youtubers around. But i guess thats too expensive and wouldnt have the effect people wanted (why watch it on TV when you can watch it on your pc?).
aliengmr  +   950d ago
They tried that with TechTV and it just didn't turn out well.
DanyBrown  +   950d ago
in france there is a channel called game one that does just that though they do not show any competitve gaming the results will just be announced during the news
landog  +   950d ago
watching sports like football, soccer, golf, baseball ect...that is the most BORING thing in the world to me...and so sad to me, getting excited and yelling at the screen for a bunch of overpaid men in tights is how you want to spend your saturday....lol

no thanks, i'd rather be outside doing something myself, mountain biking, weight lifting, hiking, actuually playing golf, throwing a football around, frisbee, bbq-ing, then come inside and play soem video games

i havent even had cable for 6 years, who cares, sports are absolute crap to watch, play them instead!

same with video games

i don't think i've ever watched more than ten min of any sporting event besides a few boxing matches, and when i have i was bored to tears

if they had a cheerleader channel i'd watch that, those chicks have talent!
Psychotica  +   950d ago
You should probably turn off your electricity and phone too just to complete the picture. Oh and move your bathroom outside. Geesh, talk about boring..
aliengmr  +   950d ago
Well in the US at least, I think the question is whether it would be successful on national TV. I haven't yet been convinced it would. On the internet maybe.
dcbronco  +   950d ago
I think it eventually will be. As more money becomes involved it will be packaged and marketed. I'm sure no one thought skateboarders would be on TV 20 years ago. With time the old ways die off and new things take their place. There was a time when actors were looked down on. They were considered no better than prostitutes. Now actors awards shows are big business and everyone wants to know actors.

With each generation more people are gamers and what they love will determine what is entertainment. Plus once the experience is beamed straight into the mind everyone will feel like a participant.
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dcbronco  +   950d ago
Actually when you think about experiences being beamed into your mind we will move closer to being like paraplegics. Many people won't want to do anything when you can have everything exactly how you want it beamed into your head. If they have the money they will spend their entire day hook to a device that gives them the perfect experience all day long. The new drug.
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Blacklash93  +   950d ago
I could see something like this successfully integrated into the features for the PS4 and new Xbox (and obviously the internet already does it) but national TV? Not in a million years.
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coolasj  +   950d ago
Then why do we find Let's Plays entertaining. Obviously, there's some difference. But, they are practically the same thing.

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