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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.

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mandf1305d 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.

Irishguy951305d ago

Why watch when you can play yourself

Ask that to any sports fan.

mandf1305d ago

But unlike sports, we all actually can compete equally.

EbeneezerGoode1305d 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

guitarded771305d 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_Darkness1305d 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

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GiggMan1305d ago (Edited 1305d 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.

JsonHenry1305d ago

If it gets viewers and in turn gets advertisers why not?

Soldierone1305d 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_1305d 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...

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Pozzle1305d 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.

Soldierone1305d 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!

grahf1305d 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.

EbeneezerGoode1305d ago

No.

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.

OmniSlashPT1305d 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?).

aliengmr1305d ago

They tried that with TechTV and it just didn't turn out well.

DanyBrown1305d 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

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