ESPN confused viewers with esports tournament broadcast

News

ESPN confused viewers with esports tournament broadcast

ESPN confused its regular viewers on Sunday evening by broadcasting a gaming, or “esports,” tournament.

A collegiate-level Heroes of the Storm tournament was shown on ESPN 2 on Sunday evening. This was the first time that an esports tournament was broadcast on the main ESPN networks (ESPN2, specifically.)

Heroes of the Storm is Activision’s attempt to break into the popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre of video games. Players control a single character as part of a team and fight for control of their individual lane with the eventual goal being to destroy the enemies base.

The “Heroes of the Dorm” tournament featured 64 college teams and whittled the field down to a final four. The prize at stake was a scholarship of $25,000 per year for each team member for their remaining years of undergrad or graduate school.

Many ESPN viewers took to Twitter to express their confusion and annoyance at the broadcast of a video game over traditional sports. They may want to get used to it; it’s unlikely that this is the last we’ve seen of competitive gaming tournaments on mainstream broadcasters.



ESPN confused viewers with esports tournament broadcast on ClickOnline.com
About this author

mark@clickonline.com
Staff Writer
Recent Articles by this author
16 September, 2016
If you’re budgeting your time for future game releases, you may want to leave...
16 September, 2016
As soon as a new device is released, particularly if it’s an Apple product...
16 September, 2016
President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, didn’t really...
16 September, 2016
Poland will today launch a limited edition postage stamp that will bear the central...