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The Media Learning of eSports


From the outside it must look absolutely crazy
to you. Right? It’s definitely interesting. Esports or competitive online multiplayer
video games have become big business. The owners of one of the dominate competitions
turned over a billion dollars last year alone. And part of that is driven by spectators not
just players. What we are talking about is professional competitive video gaming. Players
who play 10 or 12 hours a day to become the best in the world. Over 50 000 people are
going to come watch them here this weekend at the Spodek arena and has a predicted audience
who are going to watch online of over 20 million people. And I’m laughing because I can’t think
of anything less interesting. I’m totally in the minority. First of all, explain how
you can make a profession out of this. How do they actually get paid? So ok, obviously
there are different prize pots for different games and they vary in size. So next weekend
is the Call of Duty World Championships. The prize pot for that is 1 million dollars. So
the top team will take away $400 000. Maybe I could get interested. Now you’re interested
right! There’s a lot of money to be had. Have you guys seen esports and the e-league? I
don’t know if that’s sports. I have not seen it Ernest. More than 12 million people attended
live esports events in US and Western Europe in 2014. With 100s of millions of hardcore
gamers and thousands of global tournaments each year, computer games are well on their way to becoming
the worlds biggest sports. And at the center of everything is a whole new breed of celebrity. The esports superstar. But he’s no ordinary sportsman. BigDaddy is one of a new breed.
A professional computer gamer. Just like sports athletes, there guys all strive to be the
best. Describe the game for me cos I have never played it. Well League of Legends is
5 people vs 5 people. 2 teams. Each team has a base and whichever team defeats the base
first wins. Each teammate plays as one hero. Chosen from a roster of over 100. All have
unique abilities so the right mix is crucial if they are to achieve their goal of destroying
the enemies team base. Quick thinking, lightning reaction times and teamwork are the keys to
victory. Man where is my team, holy ducking Man where is my team, holy ducking sh1t. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or
CS:GO for short, is a first-person shooter played between 2 teams of 5 players. One of
them start as the Terrorists and the others are the Counter-Terrorists. The Terrorists
job is to plant the bomb and the Counter-Terrorists job is to stop them. Over a lot of very short
REALLY exciting rounds. And after 15 of them the teams swap sides. It’s a really exciting
game full of strategy and super fast reactions but most of all teamwork is what will win
you the game. Tournaments can have million dollar prize pools with sponsors like Samsung
and telcos. Their teams are run like football franchises, with managers, agents and training
camps. Uhh do you think video games are a sport? I was about to ask that. Yeah, you
know where I stand. With the athletes as professional athletes. I’ll debate that with anybody or
that conversation with anybody. Having been a professional athlete myself. Getting to
know them and watching what they do, how they train. It’s all consuming. Nice, so whose
the ‘Jorden’ of League of Legends? Well I like to think I got, he’s on Echo Fox. Froggen,
that’s my guy, so I’m not gonna promote anybody but him. I had zero knowledge of that the
fact that this exists. You didn’t know there were cyber athletes? My hand to God I didn’t
know there were, but my issue is it’s still not a sport, it’s a game. You follow me what
I’m saying here Bernie? I do. Do you have any statistics on how many of those people
also go to Star Trek conventions? I would guess there is a fair amount of overlap. That
said there is strategy involved, you have to physically be able to do what, they’re
competing, is it a sport or not? I believe it’s a sport. They get sports visas to enter
the country. It’s a game! That’s not a sport. Ayayyeyeyeyyeyyeyyyyeeeeee. I wanna talk about
the 20 million people who are watching the damn thing, they gotta be crazier than the
ones playing. Really, but 8 hours a day, that can’t be good for you. Staring at a screen. Well to honest with you in my job I stare at a screen for pretty much 8 hours a day.
But a computer do you know, we all are pretty sedimentary as it goes. The way you need to
think of it is personally I can’t watch football, I find it incredibly boring. It’s a big green
thing, people running up and down, I find it utterly tedious. Actually watching competitive
esports, you have your favorite team, you watch them just like you watch a football
match and actually let’s be honest it’s going to be a lot more visually interesting than
a football match. There are a lot more fun things going on. That was one of the lines
in the piece we played there, that it’s following in the footsteps of football. But can it truly
be a spectator sport? Um it already is. 71 million watched last year, they reckon by
2017 it will be 145 million people watching it. I have this argument all the time with
people like, ‘ah no one wants to watch people play video games, that’s so boring’. League
of Legends there was 18 000 people in the stadium live and 32 million watching the final.
This is what kids are doing, this is people want to see. And in South Korea e-gaming is
virtually a nation sport. They do watch it there. They have a dedicated TV channel for
it.The people who play the games are bigger than U2, bigger than One Direction. They are
screamed at, they have girls come after them, it’s huge, it’s absolutely massive. It’s basically
unstoppable, I mean you might question it now but but unfortunately in 10 years time
we’re all going to be watching it in one way or another. I know you don’t think so. But it isn’t the beefy football players or the giant basketball players that have got the
most attention at Robert Morris this season. No, that distinction would be for the not-so-big
men on campus. Americas first ever college scholarship team for brace yourselves, video
games. We were able to recruit some very very good players. Some of our top players are
rated in the 0.02% of all players in North America. Yes, athletic scholarships for video
gamers. It’s just the latest signal that so-called esports have arrived. Players are now even
eligible for US P1 visas, normally reserved for touring athletes. What is a P-1A visa?
P-1A visa is a visa which is given for athletes, which means that you are an exceptional athlete
from another country, coming to the United States and you have to prove that your athletic
capabilities are good enough to guarantee you living inside the United States. How important
was it that you were able to get a P-1A visa? It was absolutely huge. Without it I would
not be here. There actually giving college scholarships to for video gaming. You’re kidding!
And it’s even gone to the point that now the government has acknowledged professional video
gamers as athletes. Why! How could that be? First and foremost, I care about my son and
his passion. I’m not here to debate the level at which they fit and slot in between basketball
and whatever. They are digital athletes, they are professional digital athletes. No look,
I think about what it took for me to become a professional athlete. Took a lot of concentration,
a lot of dedication, practice, preparation, stamina and the more I watched my son pursue
this career and the more I watched him introduce me to world as it is, which is professional
video gaming. They’re sponsored, they have careers, they make 100s of thousands of dollars.
I’m just checking that professional athletes such as yourself who’ve worked so hard physically
is ok with that? Are they thinking of it as an intellectual athletics? You have to be
intellectual to be a professional athlete, you have to be sharp intellectually. But is
gaming an intellectual athlete? No, they are considered professional athletes. Do you think
that people don’t respect how difficult it is to play competitive video games? Yeah definitely.
It’s fucking really difficult, like the level of competence, the level of skill, like if
you watch a lot of games online and that’s like a big part of all this now. Which is
really fascinating. Is how many people watch live games, or even with Quake the big thing
was watching demos. I love Quake. Yeah it’s always been fascinating to me how certain
games they get taken seriously. Like certain games garner respect like chess. If you are
a really good chess player, like oh he is a sophisticated gentleman. He is a chess player. What do you do for a living? Oh I play chess. Woah interesting. What do you do for a living?
Oh I play video games. Oh you fucking dork. The surprising power behind esports isn’t
the huge numbers of people who play them, it’s the huge numbers of people who watch
people playing games. Up to 40% of people who watch don’t actually play themselves.
Preferring to clock up something like 16 billion minutes watching others play on platforms
such as Twitch. In the 6 years since it was created, League of Legends was able to fill
a stadium with 40 000 people but there were 27 million more tuning in live from home.
That’s more than the audience of that same years NBA finals. Before it took over the
world’s stadiums esports was already connecting 100s of millions of people across the globe. But it is about community and it does bring people together, you know, in the same way
you would watch a football match, you can hear the crowd, everyone’s cheering the team
on, you make friends, these are people you talk too, you play with online. It’s all about
community. It’s being part of something that you’re incredibly passionate about.

100 thoughts on “The Media Learning of eSports

  1. The Olympic…..

    GAMES. GAMES. A FOOTBALL MATCH can also be called a FOOTBALL GAME. Y'all making fools of urselves, old ppl

  2. media:vIdEo gAaMeS cAuseE vıolance

    me:me in my minecraft world feeding my cows sheeps , giving steak to my dog because he might feel bad

  3. I think most people don't realize that to stay competitive and reach the top in video games is even HARDER than sports.
    Both require utter dedication 10-12 hours a day you train the chosen game, you breath it.

    Why did I say VG are harder? Well think about it – if let's say 1 football player and one LoL player both reach the max skill level possible in their fields, the football player just has to maintain it. Cause sports rule DON'T CHANGE. For VG – every single patch or update changes the way you play at the highest level and the player has to re-learn the game and match-ups…

  4. sports is a game everybody do sports for fun so its just the same as eSports you play games for fun simple as that. Sports or eSports are just the same thing

  5. 3:57 I mean you could say football, basketball and hockey is just a game too, Esports about to thwomp every other sport in the industry

  6. Hope that "scholarship for video gaming" will be implented here in the philippines and around the world…hopefully

  7. I guess real sports require all athletic abilities and strength and not multitasking a million things on a keyboard for a prize pool that’s worth more than some of what athletes make

  8. why do i get triggered when they say ''a computer game'' its not a game its a movement bound to set generations arise and come together as one

  9. Did they fucking know how it feel when playing game in a tournament? Man i'm just got into some e-sport tournament and what can i say is the nervous i got is 100 times worst than i participate in soccer tournament

  10. It doesn't require skill to play a game?
    Try 1v5 me in csgo, I can rap the fuck out of five of u even with my silver ass.

  11. 4:05 is a perfect example of hypocrisy. She makes the point that they are just games and not real sports. If you go back in history all sports started out as “just games”. Baseball, football, basketball and even soccer were once just “games” kids played around with in their free time like tag(which btw their is a professional tag sports league). Video games was at the point of just a “game” for enjoyment 10-15 years ago. Now since so many people like/play said game now they’re are obviously better players like in all other sports. Back from 5 years ago to the present they’re is enough talent that many teams can be made to compete like early football, baseball, basketball or any other sport. Overwatch league championships, Fortnite World Cup, call of duty championships, csgo championships as well as dota and league of legends and other games are the start to this new sport that did used to be a game 10-15 years ago but has evolved as people love it even more. All sports have to start somewhere and this point in time is when a new sport rises, esports

  12. Imagine laughing at someone’s profession while they make 1000x more than u doing something they actually enjoy doing.

  13. These idiots just piss me off. " HOW CAN YOU MAKE PROFESSION OF THIS "? And they think that talking into a camera about stuff that is writen down to a paper is a profession. Just let us do this. Gamers dont attack TV / news people because they get money of such an easy stuff. E-Sports is not easy but TV is. Being in the news is basically reading a piece of paper to thousands of people.

  14. I like how the news people are taunting the players and thinking their stupid for doing this when 16 year old kids are making 3 million dollars these days!! How about you stupid news reporters shut up and support them and not discourage their dreams!!!

  15. Sorry but Video Games aren’t a sport, you have to move more muscles than the ones in your fucking fingers for it to be a sport

  16. I dont think esports a sport but i obvioulsy support the event (the reason i dont think it is is just like darts or pool you dont really movement around but obvioulsy its just my personal opinion so dont come at me

  17. I hate that they call it esports it’s so damn corny, I’m not against competitive gaming I think it’s entertaining but just sounds really corny

  18. Esport basically is a bunch of people not good enough to take part in actual sports so they found a substitute and a bunch of losers watching it

  19. I think the problem is that they haven't experienced the thrill and difficulty of it yet so they think its just people breaking keyboards and smashing monitors.

  20. Tell that women to 1v1 me in fortnite, she use a gold combat, i use pickaxe, winner gets the other person whole bank account. And then we can discuss about how ez games is

  21. Having fun isnt a sport? If u know what i mean, chess is a game but it needs critical thinking, but gaming, u need creativity, super high level of conentration, hand eye coordination, kids that play video games 2 3 hrs is bad but doing football or chess is good? Tf. As long as they balanced gaming and working out, u have no rights to judge them based on the fact that ur sitting their doing nothing, except gamers which entertain millions, majority of them make more money than u, ngl that women is quite entertaining to watch i can make gud jokes from that bissh

  22. media:
    vIDeO GaMeS CaUsE ViOLieNcE
    the smart people:
    Most moms are karens and the amazon rainforest is burning which is making it hard to breath
    media:
    excuses excuses

  23. Damn that white btch at 7:42 needs to stfu once somebody is speaking dont interrupt your exposing your dumb shitery. I adore and respect to that dude who speak up about his son playing games and trying to continue finishing his conversion while that white fuk interrupts

  24. They are just salty because they can't earn what an eSports player makes in a tournament in their entire lifetime.

  25. LoL.. The professional esports gamer is making more money than those who achieved academic profession .. They even have time to make fun when their academic achievement is the joke.

  26. its not a sport. its an e-sport. these people are in the wrong from both sides esports is not like nba and esports is not a sports BUT esports is esports judge it if u want to but it will remain esports

  27. dumb smug fucks arrogantly claiming "it's just a game", smiling and laughing.

    The time and effort you put into learning any video game up to the top competitive level is at LEAST on par with the time and effort you put into learning and practicing a sport. These people grind out games for 6-12 hours a day just for minimal improvements, they play like this for years upon years to reach the level they're at, and not just anyone can become a high level competitor, there is a lot of natural talent involved as well. Some people will grind equal hours but they may never get to that level. Sure, it's a lot less physical than "real" sports, but the grind is REAL and I challenge anyone who says competitive gaming isn't a sport to spend a week in a competitive gamers' shoes and see where it gets them. I guarantee no matter how much time they spend, 99% of them will likely will not even approach a mid-advanced level, much less a competitive level. It takes time, effort, patience, dedication, a large variety of different skills such as hand-eye coordination, teamwork, awareness etc, some games even require a high IQ.

    gaming is much more than a mindless time waste. I don't expect older people to understand, it's a relatively new thing and it's not really something they were ever exposed to, but when you're so outright dismissive and even laughing in the faces of all the people who dedicate such a large majority of their time and effort to gaming, it pisses me the fuck off, especially when there are plenty of similar people who instead look at it with an open mind.

  28. I like how salty some of these News Reporters are to video gamers. They don’t make as much money and high place in society

  29. A person with a IQ of less than average: hOw YUo MaKE MonEy FrOM videO GamE¿¿¿¿?????
    Me: If people watch it it can make money. If people put time into it it can make money.
    Example
    Art: You don't need to be fit or be team building. But art can cost millions of dollars.
    Author: You just need a creative mind and commitment.
    Podcasting: Litteraly just talking about stuff and people love that.
    Playing chess or board games: That is also a job and you need strategies to be competitive.

    So shut the hell up!

  30. Gamers like there jobs.
    I dont want to have job that i dont like.And Gamers get more money.
    Respect for GAMERS 👊👊👊

  31. I have nothing against video games and i play games like dota, etc. But i don't think they should be called esports since sports is about playing physically but chess isn't physical either lmao

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