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