For many, video games started off as a hobby. Now, the so-called hobby is front and center on ESPN.
Competitive gaming is now a mainstay at ESPN. Today, ESPN launched a new eSports section on its website; the company is now fully backing the growing popularity of competitive video games.
On the new eSports page on ESPN.com it is laid out, and well informed, like a typical sports page. Right now, ESPN has coverage of some of the top competitive games like Dota 2, Hearthstone and League of Legends.
Editor-in-chief of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, Chad Millman, said the growing popularity of eSports was alarming, so it would be wrong not to give daily coverage to the new sport.
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ESPN has shown its love to eSports over the past few years with national coverage of competition, a video-game-centered magazine, and live broadcasts online. The next inevitable step was a featured section on their website. In addition to television broadcasts, ESPN is looking to start a Twitch page and livecast streams.
The new partnership between video games and ESPN is great for the gaming community. Another push for video games into the mainstream spotlight is never a bad thing. Game developers will strive that much more to make the best games possible, one worthy of a spot on ESPN.
Will we see a future cast of Super Smash Bros.? Mario Kart? Street Fighter? Hopefully!
What future games would you like to see?