May 25th, 2011
I just got done reading an interesting story on the rise of telecasting StarCraft and other games outside of South Korea. The gist of the article: if watching golf on TV can be popular in America, a sport many find boring, than why can't competitve gaming broadcasts find their place in the world?
I suspect they will at some point. If so, can we please stop referring to competative games as "e-sports"? It sounds ridiculous; a term some marketer invented because he feels uncomfortable saying he works in video games.
It's a lot like how some insecure companies at the turn of the century referred to video games as "interactive entertainment" or "electronic entertainment." THEY'RE CALLED FREAKIN' GAMES.
In fact, I'm not even sure we can technically label competative video games as sports. By definition, a "sport" is an athletic competition, often played outdoors. This isn't to say winning StarCraft doesn't require incredible amounts of skill, practice, and dexterity.
But you don't have to be athletic to be talented. That's the point. And that's why they'll be forever called video games. Not interactive entertainment. Not electronic fun time. Not even e-sports.