Videogames, coming to a bar near you

Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about watching SC2 matches in a sports bar.

As gamers age, and as gaming continues to eat into music, movies, and TV, I think mainstream acceptance of gaming as an eSport is inevitable. How soon it gets there is debatable, but the ultimate result is not (IMO of course). Whether eSports get as big as professional sports in the USA is also debatable, but considering how popular they are in South Korea, it’s certainly not impossible to imagine.

While I’m not a SC2 fan, I would not mind watching some LoL at a bar once in a while.

(Link to the WSJ snagged from RoG)

10 Responses to Videogames, coming to a bar near you

  1. saucelah says:

    Does anyone else hate the phrase e-sports? I refuse to acknowledge NASCAR as a sport, so I can’t very well call SC2 a sport.

    • SynCaine says:

      I’d argue SC players are closer to someone I would call an athlete than nascar drivers, but I’m not a redneck.

    • Drew says:

      I don’t hate the term e-sport, but I do refuse to acknowledge NASCAR as one, so I certainly understand the logic as I wouldn’t call Chess or Poker sports, necessarily, either. Sport infers athletics to me, but we need a better terminology than just “games” I guess.

    • Dril says:

      Out of interest:

      How do you feel about Formula 1?

      • SynCaine says:

        Better than the left-turn-only league, but still iffy. Anytime a grandfather can beat a 20yr old in a ‘sport’, it raises an eyebrow.

  2. Mesar says:

    I did a flight stopover in Seoul, Korea, a few years ago and was blown away watching SC matches being aired on the evening news alongside football games.

    I guess it’s inevitable that this niche hobby will become mainstream one day.

  3. Zinn says:

    I love this idea, I’d definitely go to a bar that shows these kinds of things!

  4. Peter Newman says:

    There is a bar in Melbourne and Sydney called the Mana Bar, that is video game themed, except it’s only consoles and pop-culture. I suggested that SC2 and LoL tournaments would be suitable, but got a highly aggressive response in the vein “Why do you hate consoles, consoles are so much better, rant rant”, although not from the management, so there is still hope.

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