Video Games on ESPN? It's Time to Stop Pretending eSports Are 'Real' Sports.
Yesterday, ESPN 2 aired a live broadcast of a video game. A bunch of people on the Internet did not like what they saw. That alone is not news. A similar thing happened last year when the channel promoted the championship of a different video game, DOTA 2, which — like the game that was broadcast this weekend, Heroes of the Storm — is near-unwatchable unless you’ve played it, or games like it. For most channel-surfing viewers, it’s an easy invitation to yell, “Nerds!” and then keep clicking.