ESPN President Claims eSports Are ‘Not A Sport’
Bad news for those hoping that Dota 2 tournaments and other forms of eSports would be covered by ESPN in the future.
According to Kotaku, the President of ESPN, John Skipper, remains rather adamant about not wanting to broadcast eSports on his television network. Despite a recent success of having millions of viewers watch Dota 2's $10 million world championship tournament, The International, Skipper still does not want to include electronic sports as part of his regular programming on ESPN or any of its spin-off channels.
"[eSports] is not a sport -- it's a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition. Mostly, I'm interested in doing real sports," Skipper said in regards to Amazon's $970 million acquisition of Twitch.
While we understand the Skipper is looking to hold onto his core audience (sports fans) by not having eSports intertwine with his regular programming, we're sure that there is a definite place somewhere in TV land to watch competitive gaming. The rise in popularity of Twitch reminds us that there is definitely a massive audience that TV programming can tap into and make beaucoup bucks from. If someone was to make some deals with advertisers for game and nerdy-related products to advertise during eSports, there's would be lots of money to be made in the future with eSports. Now if only Skipper could see that and give Arcade Sushi a slot on one of the ESPN channels (preferably prime time)...