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(BBC)   In other news, e-sport tournaments now pay out as much as golf tournaments   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-08-12 01:40:23 PM  
It's more exciting than watching old white guys walk around on the grass, isn't it?
 
2013-08-12 01:44:13 PM  

Argyle82: It's more exciting than watching old white guys walk around on the grass, isn't it?


Well, no. And I'm not particularly excited to watch golf.
 
2013-08-12 01:44:30 PM  

Argyle82: It's more exciting than watching old white guys walk around on the grass, isn't it?


I don't think so
 
2013-08-12 01:47:00 PM  
Don't some guys make money playing Golden Tee?

I'd be much more inclined to call that an e-sport because it requires the "players" to leave their mom's basement.

Plus getting drunk and playing GT is a rite of passage.
 
2013-08-12 01:52:43 PM  

Argyle82: It's more exciting than watching old white guys walk around on the grass, isn't it?



www.totalprosports.com
 
2013-08-12 01:55:54 PM  
after the US began recognising gamers as pro athletes.

wut?
 
2013-08-12 01:58:23 PM  

abhorrent1: after the US began recognising gamers as pro athletes.

wut?


Professional gamers were getting confused with terrorists by the TSA, the US went this direction to avoid that problem in the future.

Also, it's more legitimate than Poker.
 
2013-08-12 02:19:06 PM  
Can we please stop calling the shiat "e-sports." Nothing makes me pity someone more than hearing them compare their achievements in Halo or whatever to real athletic events.
 
2013-08-12 02:27:42 PM  
Where do we draw the line on physical achievements?

Golf?

Curling?

Darts?

Poker?
 
2013-08-12 02:36:07 PM  
I actually watched parts of that tournament - despite being barely able to comprehend 90% of the terms being used by the announcers, or really knowing anything about the game itself.

Could still tell that the teams/spectators/announcers were having a good time, which ended up making it exciting to watch.
 
2013-08-12 02:44:50 PM  
LoL is a superior game
 
2013-08-12 02:47:53 PM  
600,000 online viewers.

I believe there just might be a market!
 
2013-08-12 02:54:05 PM  
Before I make an emotional commitment to this sport, I want to know one thing. Is there a Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson of the sport? Because after this weekend, I don't want another minute of hype about two guys past their prime winning the occasional tournament...even the occasional major...and trying to turn it into a comeback dynasty.
 
2013-08-12 02:56:21 PM  

netweavr: abhorrent1: after the US began recognising gamers as pro athletes.

wut?

Professional gamers were getting confused with terrorists by the TSA, the US went this direction to avoid that problem in the future.

Also, it's more legitimate than Poker.


Barely, at least you have to move your fingers to play a game but its not a sport
 
2013-08-12 03:01:00 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Because after this weekend, I don't want another minute of hype about two guys past their prime


FFS Mickelson won the major prior to this one.
 
2013-08-12 03:07:59 PM  

abhorrent1: after the US began recognising gamers as pro athletes.

wut?


No matter your views, this was pretty much the only way to do it for legal reasons. Their immigration situation is most comparable to that of athletes, so an administrative decision folded them in with athletes.
 
2013-08-12 03:08:37 PM  

IAmRight: TheShavingofOccam123: Because after this weekend, I don't want another minute of hype about two guys past their prime

FFS Mickelson won the major prior to this one.


Plus they're the #1 and 2 ranked players on the PGA tour.
 
2013-08-12 03:29:46 PM  

meanmutton: IAmRight: TheShavingofOccam123: Because after this weekend, I don't want another minute of hype about two guys past their prime

FFS Mickelson won the major prior to this one.

Plus they're the #1 and 2 ranked players on the PGA tour.


Clearly past their prime...
 
2013-08-12 03:31:53 PM  

justtray: LoL is a superior an easier game


FTFY
 
2013-08-12 04:16:51 PM  
If Golden Tee had this kind of prize money, I'd have to give it a go
 
2013-08-12 04:18:45 PM  

Jster422: I actually watched parts of that tournament - despite being barely able to comprehend 90% of the terms being used by the announcers, or really knowing anything about the game itself.

Could still tell that the teams/spectators/announcers were having a good time, which ended up making it exciting to watch.


Other then the absurd length of some of the game (Lol 99 minute match of farming with the announcers making the crowd do the wave and trying desperately think of something, anything to say to alleviate the boredom), I actually got my dad interested in the tourny.  He'll watch the highlights of the grand finals when he comes over to help rearrange furniture this weekend.

And lets face it, Valve made bank on this.  All the payouts were pretty much milked from the fans, and they still made 7.50 per compendium bought (only 2.50 per went to the prize pool).
 
2013-08-12 04:59:06 PM  

hammer85: Jster422: I actually watched parts of that tournament - despite being barely able to comprehend 90% of the terms being used by the announcers, or really knowing anything about the game itself.

Could still tell that the teams/spectators/announcers were having a good time, which ended up making it exciting to watch.

Other then the absurd length of some of the game (Lol 99 minute match of farming with the announcers making the crowd do the wave and trying desperately think of something, anything to say to alleviate the boredom), I actually got my dad interested in the tourny.  He'll watch the highlights of the grand finals when he comes over to help rearrange furniture this weekend.

And lets face it, Valve made bank on this.  All the payouts were pretty much milked from the fans, and they still made 7.50 per compendium bought (only 2.50 per went to the prize pool).


See if you can get him to watch the Na'vi vs Tongfu game from Saturday - especially game 3.

I had the good fortune to mostly catch games that ran from 15 to 30 minutes, which still earned me a healthy degree of spousal friction. Would have liked to stream it on my tv, but the terrible browser interface would not cooperate
 
2013-08-12 05:16:52 PM  

hammer85: Jster422: I actually watched parts of that tournament - despite being barely able to comprehend 90% of the terms being used by the announcers, or really knowing anything about the game itself.

Could still tell that the teams/spectators/announcers were having a good time, which ended up making it exciting to watch.

Other then the absurd length of some of the game (Lol 99 minute match of farming with the announcers making the crowd do the wave and trying desperately think of something, anything to say to alleviate the boredom), I actually got my dad interested in the tourny.  He'll watch the highlights of the grand finals when he comes over to help rearrange furniture this weekend.

And lets face it, Valve made bank on this.  All the payouts were pretty much milked from the fans, and they still made 7.50 per compendium bought (only 2.50 per went to the prize pool).


Say what you will. But Valve put on a damn fine show. MLG, Blizzard, Riot, and everyone else better be paying attention. It was probably the best esports show put on. One thing I really credit them isthat they drew it out. They didn't try to crowd too much into one weekend like MLG does. Production values were top notch and they generally did a good job filling in down time. And having the huge prize money certainly helped.

Now, if they could just knock 10 minutes off the average game. They have a tendency to drag on a bit too much, especially when you get the "we have complete control of the game and are certainly going to win, but we have to wait 7 minutes for Rosh before we are willing to do anything". They seem to have gotten the early game and laning stages a lot more active than lol was (I haven't watched it in quite a while).
 
2013-08-12 06:01:55 PM  
You're not actually comparing golf to video games, are you? One requires hand eye coordination, muscular reflexes, foresight to see how your next action will affect future actions, and then reacting appropriately to what's going on in the game.

The other is golf.
 
2013-08-12 06:23:50 PM  

justtray: LoL is a superior game


I prefer playing DoTA, but also prefer watching LoL tournaments.
 
2013-08-12 06:30:22 PM  

degenerate-afro: justtray: LoL is a superior an easier game

FTFY


Actually it's the opposite. Poor trolling attempt.
 
2013-08-13 02:23:51 AM  

Argyle82: It's more exciting than watching old white guys walk around on the grass, isn't it?




I can't stand watching other play. They usully suck. Unless it's a sports game.
 
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