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“Marketplace” glances at professional gaming

Posted on 08/07/2019 | in 杭州夜生活 | by

Whenever anyone in the media talks about games, and it's not to call us bloodthirsty killing machines or how we use games to train ourselves to run over our cats with cars, I'm happy. I perked up yesterday when I heard the host of "Marketplace" on my local NPR station start to talk about gaming. HangZhou Night Net

KAI RYSSDAL: Y'know how you read about people getting up at 4 o'clock in the morning to line up to buy the latest video game machine? And you say, man, what's the matter with them?

Okay, well, maybe not. This piece takes a look at professional gamers, and it seems like they actually have a sense for how big the potential market is for gaming leagues. I'm not all the way sold on professional gaming yet; the few things I've seen in this regard were way too geeky for widespread consumption. It really is a matter of upping the production values and getting some people in there who actually know the games to give good play-by-play. Thenmaybe professional gaming could work. Maybe. The Business of Sports analyst (best title ever) weighs in:

DERSE: Well, it's no longer guys sitting alone in the middle of the night. You have a number of different leagues already trying to sort of vie for status. But there are actually a couple out there that have been pretty interesting. You've got the World Series of Video Games, which I think yesterday announced a five-week series with CSTV, College Sports Television, to display its event. And then last week at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, Championship Gaming Series, which is a product of DirecTV, has announced that it's gonna be airing a series of team-vs-team competitions beginning in February. And it's very, very high-production value in a team format. And just listen to the way they promote it:

ANNOUNCER: In 2007, the 101 on DirecTV invites you to get… your… game… on!

Oh, dear sweet Lord. This is still an interesting read (or listen) if you want a look at how we're viewed by everyone else, and how the very idea of gaming professionally (or as a spectator sport) appears to those outside the thrall of gaming. Am I ready for jocks with joysticks? Probably not, but the more exposure our hobby gets, the better for everyone.

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