For the first time in history, ESPN 2 broadcasted the annual fighting EVO championship on live television. While many of us reveled at this achievement, other did not take it so well.
It’s hard to believe that even in the year 2016 (especially with all the Pokemon GO hype) video games aren’t taken seriously, let alone as a competitive sport. Here are some examples:
@espn Video Games are not a sport. You gaming virgins, should go outside and play a real sport.
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@primecurry) July 18, 2016
.@espn hey this is cool and all but hear us out: show more lacrosse instead of competitive video gaming. that is not very sports
— UGA Men’s Lacrosse (@ugalax) July 18, 2016
@espn Please never again
— Evan Moore (@Iam_epmXI) July 18, 2016
@espn I deleted ESPN from my bookmarks, I’ll go elsewhere for sports news, no wonder talent keeps leaving, you now show video games! Adios!
— Kama’aina Armed (@kamaainaarmed) July 18, 2016
— The Table of Truth (@thetableoftruth) July 18, 2016
So I turned ESPN2 on to watch some sports, and what do I see? A bunch of kids that haven’t been bullied enough at school playing video games
— Valentin Lionel (@dickoak) July 18, 2016
Ow, the edge. Last one seems too obvious to be real honestly.
It’s unsure at this stage if ESPN will continue this trend, but I doubt they’d stop. The overall reception was quite positive. As for the negativity I’d imagine it would subside. A lot of people are just not used to it so it’s jut going to take a bit adjusting.