The sport that “isn’t a real sport” will soon feature on ESPN

espn esportsBack in September of 2014, ESPN boss John Skipper said that the network would never show esports, saying that they’re not real sports. Surely enough, many agreed, many disagreed, and since then, times have changed. ESPN will start coverage of esports as soon as this month, with Halo 5.

In September, John Skipper made the comment of “It’s not a sport — it’s a competition,” he said, as reported by re/code. “Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition. “Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”

Esports has a massive following, and with Twitch and Youtube Gaming offerings fans across the globe a chance to take part and watch it live, it’s understandable how quickly it’s growing. Whether it’s DOTA 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike, the recent Gears of War Season 1 final or the upcoming Halo 5 championship at X Games, it’s a growing market, and there’s certainly money to be made from it.

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You can see the full ESPN schedule here for their esports coverage, and there’s an interesting piece worth reading about on their site here too, about the network’s change of heart.

Lastly, we all remember this from December 2013, right?

[Source: VG247 – 1, VG247 – 2]

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