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Do you watch e-sports? Do you think it will blow up in the US this year?

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asked 13 years ago in GeneralGeneral by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51

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E-Sports peaked about 3 years ago with CPL. But ever since the debacle with the CEO embezzling money and not paying the winners, it's been on a bit of a decline. Watch "Frag" to get a good idea of the e-sports landscape in this country.

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it's definitely gaining momentum right now, as far as starcraft 2 is concerned.
answered 13 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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Given Starcraft 2's popularity, I doubt it. But e-sports has 'blown up' in the past, after the original Starcraft got old. I'd give it 2 to three golden years followed by another low.
answered 13 years ago by nabramson Mercenary (1,899 points)   2 6 32
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Depends on how Blizzard deals with Starcraft 2.

From what I see on Korean sites, Starcraft is still having more players than Starcraft 2.

Besides Starcraft 2 is not complete yet. There are a few more games coming.
answered 13 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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Yes i watch e-sports.


Blow up to me means make it to television with real airtime and ads. And i dont think it will reach that point. Yes we are getting tens of thousands of people to tune in but the market is so small.


The amount you have to dumb down a strategy game like SC2 for mass appeal would make is a massively different game. I mean even things like Halo, MW2, etc all have the mass appeal, but that didnt make it on successful on TV either. 


SC2 is certainly expanding, and the NA market is certainly here but hit mainstream? It really cant happen.

answered 13 years ago by MrMacMan Mercenary (1,236 points)   1 13
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No, I don't watch e-sports, I find it boring. I prefer to play the game myself. And also, no, I don't think it'll blow up in the US, I think it'll remain the same. Starcraft 2 may prove me wrong though, but we shall see.
answered 13 years ago by markitou Journeyman (714 points)   1 16
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I watch e-sports sometimes, but I really doubt it would 'blow up' anytime soon. That would require the mass public to understand a lot of basic game concepts, and them starting to learn the rules of, for example, Starcraft is quite improbable, in my opinion.
answered 13 years ago by Underyx Journeyman (663 points)   8
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I have my doubts.  We'll certainly never see e-sports reach the level of actual sorting events, as far as viewership is concerned.  I guess the answer really depends on your definition of "blow up".
answered 13 years ago by TxdoHawk Mercenary (1,466 points)   1 1 17
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Would say

Starcraft 2



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answered 13 years ago by Lunamaria Adept (895 points)   1 17
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The hopeful gamer in me says: YES!!! Someday e-sports will be bigger than football!

The realistic part of me says: I doubt it, the majority of people in the U.S think of gamers as acne-ridden fat kids who live in the darkness of their parent's basement, who are burned by the light of the sun. And, because of this stereotype I do not think that people will ever take video games as seriously as they would need to in order for e-sports to "blow up."
answered 13 years ago by Triviate Journeyman (724 points)   1 13
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Leading up to the release of SCII, I watched and thoroughly enjoyed each one of those battle reports they posted online. Another thing you guys haven't really mentioned is the Madden Challenge. I remember this being pretty big for awhile back when G4 was actually a videogame station. However, I don't see these things actually becoming popular in the mainstream for a long long long time.
answered 13 years ago by Scrantonicity83 Journeyman (749 points)   6
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I don't think so, it'll still be a few years before the gaming generations are the right demographic for this kind of thing to explode
answered 13 years ago by shoricsmat Grandmaster (12,671 points)   6 11 46
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I don't,I prefer to play games or watch my friends play them as I can talk to them.Do I think e-sports will blow up?..I'd say some as gaming is becoming bigger and bigger.
answered 13 years ago by Rob Hestar Mercenary (1,096 points)  
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Starcraft 2 is starting to explode in the Western scene. MLG is featuring it on the main stage, IGN Entertainment just recently started a tournament with a  huge prizepool, and some grassroots players started the NASL, also with a huge prizepool that rivals the main eSports competition in Korea.
answered 13 years ago by Saffir Journeyman (634 points)   5

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