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8 October 2015 - 4:44pm

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Hey guys, have you ever heard of eSports? I guess it's where people compete in tournaments surrounding specific video games, and has become a deal where millions of people watch the big tournaments on TV and the internet, and there are huge million dollar prizes.

I can't believe it, as I would never watch someone else play a video game, but alas it is a growing fad and even sites like Bovada offer action on the outcomes of these matches.

What are your thoughts on eSports? Do you watch/participate in them?

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Yeah and at the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, I cannot understand the attraction of watching other people play video games. It's also ridiculous to call playing computer games a "sport" seeing as the height of physical activity is moving your index finger and wrist.

The thing is I don't dislike video games, in fact I like them a lot.

I have a friend who used to go in Quake tournaments and he used to win prizes and stuff, but he practiced that same game many hours a day, every single day, over and over and over. To me that would ruin the fun of the game completely. But obviously, like a pro footballer or tennis player, he enjoyed it. Different strokes...

When I was a kid when we were lucky and we went to the movies we would go into the arcade and play some arcade games. A lot of the time you watched other people play while you waited for your turn. You had to, because either there was a limited number of machines, or you didn't have much money to play, and sometimes it was good to learn how a skilled player beat a certain boss or level. So I can see the angle of watching and learning from a skilled player, but there aren't limited physical copies of games anymore and once you buy it you don't need more money.

I can't think of many things more boring than sitting there watching a couple of players crank out 300 clicks a minute while playing Starcraft over and over. Zzzzzzzz... why wouldn't I just go play it myself?

And yes I fully realise that you could say the exact same thing about football or tennis or golf or any other mainstream sport. I don't claim to be consistent! But there are many mainstream sports that I feel the same way about. For example playing golf is fun, but watching it is about as entertaining as watching paint dry.

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Agree with all that you saying Ed, in fact I would say some of these things if you all ready didn't do that. I guess our opinion has something to do with the age too. I also like to play video games sometimes especially when I was a school boy but can't think about it as a sport. Also like you said Ed, long hours of practice can kill all the enjoyment. But I think many people were amazed (including me) by the interest in the young people that ESports generates in the last maybe couple of years an really it becomes in major business perspective for a bigger corporations who are willing to invest in it, many world famous brands all ready invested in ESports events and I guess we have to respect that although it's still a mystery to me.

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Agreed. My kids are a good example. They like Minecraft a lot. But I'd bet that they spend more time watching videos of other people playing it on youtube than they do playing it themselves!

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For sure that industry will go bankrupt pretty quickly if they depend on our or older generations Joking Quite sure about that Wink

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8 March 2016 - 12:27am
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There was just a tournament this past weekend with a top prize of $1.1 million, so apparently it does have some pull. I just can't understand it...

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Who funds the tournaments? It has to be sponsored, and I am interested in what sort of companies would be sponsoring these events. I'm guessing it might be game companies or computer hardware manufacturers?

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The sponsors are some of the world most famous brands, I knew that Coca Cola has their own league or something like that but recently I've read that Nissan and Intel are also involved, so really the monster companies sees a huge possibilities in Esports I guess.

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Thanks, that is very interesting.

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I don't play video games at all (weird since most of my friends do), but I don't see anything wrong with watching other experienced players and also the notion that monotonous makes it boring! When I was in primary school, some days our school coach liked us to warm up and/or do drills for 80 mins and play 5-aside for 10 mins...wasn't a fan of that but I was always looking forward to the match! In fact am more surprised by my other friends who watch YouTube videos of "how to do a rabona", bicycle kick, a Ronaldo free kick...."

A close friend used to play DOTA 2... I was surprised when he once showed me a "Pro game" with commentary and fans watching! So definitely it's the future coz the prize money is huge and you can try at the comfort of your couch!

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Commentary! Oh my, now that could be hilarious. I don't know if you have ever seen it by I am imagining this Japanese TV show called Iron Chef where they used to have commentators and "sideline eye" guys while the chefs were cooking. It was bizarre but kind of funny.

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Never watched that show Ed.I still don't get it, why you would watch a game which is played by someone else, if you like that game so much probably will be fun to play it yourself. For example I've played on FIFA before and couple of times I asked some more experienced players for some tips and tricks but to seat and watch them playing for hours - I don't think so, it just sounds boring to me, no matter how good these players are.

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Cooking show with commentary Eat that sounds weird... The chef looks at the boiling pot on the left then tosses the sliced onions on the frying pan on the right, now that's experience, what do you think Mr co-commentator?....

Sharpe I used to ask that same question but nowadays I know the answer...to them the games are in the same level as sports! The close friend, I told you about, couldn't understand why I watched too much football (almost 10 matches a weekend)

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Cooking show with commentary Eat that sounds weird... The chef looks at the boiling pot on the left then tosses the sliced onions on the frying pan on the right, now that's experience, what do you think Mr co-commentator?....

Sharpe I used to ask that same question but nowadays I know the answer...to them the games are in the same level as sports! The close friend, I told you about, couldn't understand why I watched too much football (almost 10 matches a weekend)

Yeah I understand that the younger generations have a different interests but I'm afraid that wouldn't be interesting for me even if I was 20yo. Anyway obviously Esports has a big future because more and more people playing video games but that won't make me more interested in it.

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