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Competitive gaming now recognized as a pro sport in the US

By Shawn Knight
Jul 15, 2013
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  1. Competitive gaming, also known as eSports, recently made huge strides as the U.S. State Department now recognizes the official League of Legends tournament as a professional sport. The decision will allow gamers from other countries to move to the U.S....

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  2. insect

    insect TS Booster Posts: 227   +63

    Nice! Hopefully there will be few nights of staying up to 4-5 am to watch something from Asia live because they can host more U.S. based tournaments. Granted, I don't watch a lot of LoL, but I think StarCraft should be next on the list, then maybe all the Fighter and FPS genre games.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,420   +821

    Imagine the big TV networks crossing live to the big e-sport event with ball by ball, blow by blow commentary. I'd rather watch paint dry. Competing yourself is one thing, watching somebody else compete is quite another thing.
     
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  4. Why only league of legends? why not any of the other dota clones that are around?
    hell, why not fps's for that matter?

    also, why does the article title say "competitive gaming now recognized as a pro sport" when it only applies to a game only a minority of the competitive gaming scene plays?
     
  5. alcarin2030

    alcarin2030 TS Enthusiast Posts: 109   +13

    Minority? League of Legends is the biggest video game in the world.
     
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42

    That's 100% fact.
     
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,189   +749

    I agree, but I'd also say the same about figure skating and it's the most popular event of the Winter Olympics.
     
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  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +627

    Competitive gaming is now recognized as a professional sport? This decision makes about as much sense as pro poker on ESPN.
     
  9. SexyMan

    SexyMan TS Rookie Posts: 16

    LOL? There are also other MOBA games with better graphics such DOTA2 and HON..

    Here's a comparison. DOTA2 vs HON



    Both are better than LOL.
     
  10. Wether DOTA2 and HoN have better graphics is not important... LoL is the game that everyone plays and it has a massive following.
     
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,973   +587

    I can already picture fat'n'ugly nerds sprouting from their basements with t-shirts that say "Recognize!", and it scares the hell out of me...
     
     
  12. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 925   +247

    I've been watching all those "Awesome Games Done Quick" videos on youtube, it's a charity that raises money for Cancer. You should see these guys do speed runs through some of these games & the tricks they pull off...its amazing. I especially enjoyed the Super Mario 3 and Metroid Prime runs myself for the 2013 event.
     
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,420   +821

    There is no accounting for some peoples tastes.
     
  14. SexyMan

    SexyMan TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Of course.. gameplay, balance and graphics does not matter because bandwagon rules all!
     
  15. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Lol. That is legit...
     
  16. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 976   +99

    Can you support that claim?

    LoL isn't bad but for me Dota 2 is the king of MOBA. In terms of shooters, well Shootmania has potential.
     
  17. If a 12 year old can beat a 21 year old it is not a sport.
     
  18. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Booster Posts: 111   +27

    Just put in the console vs PCs again so we can watch the sticks cry some more...
     
  19. You forgot to add virgins. :D
     
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  20. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,099   +111

    Who cares what the best MOBA is. You have to admit that without LoL you would not have million dollar prizes, weekly HD games, actual leagues that unite the world once a year and many more.

    And again LoL manages a first: the first esport to become a pro sport. All that's left is for starcraft and dota2 to follow suite.
     
  21. j05hh

    j05hh TS Rookie Posts: 100   +15

    "In other news professional gaming is the leading cause of brain aneurysms in young adults.....the sport needs to be safer"
     
  22. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,266   +42



    You can support it by yourself and just use google. The margin isn't even close.
     
  23. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I hate Call of Duty, but I gotta hand it to them...they're popular and the sheep will keep playing their games. LoL is a popular game, don't get me wrong, but do not underestimate the fact that brainless 360 and PS3 owners play that game online a LOT. I'm very surprised that it is not included with LoL in eSports as a division of its own.
    http://caas.raptr.com/most-played-games-march-2013/
     
  24. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,099   +111

    people still play that **** game sim city?
     
  25. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Apparently, it has a fanbase. I don't knock games that are popular even if I hate them. I despise CoD (I'm more of a Battlefield guy), but I understand that they're very successful. I despise EA, but apparently Sim City is popular.
     


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