Some people just can’t accept that a competitive video game and its world championship finals can fill up a huge sports arena. In a recent episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, where the show’s panelists discussed the events of this year, League of Legends got it in the neck.
Is it a sport? Of course not! Is it only watched and played by people who also go to Star Trek conventions? Absolutely! Or so they say.
Before going insane though, truth be told, former professional tennis player Mary Carillo admits in the video that she had no idea eSports even existed. And while the above clip suggests the whole conversation was one-sided, in the full show — which you can watch on HBO Go — panelist Soledad O’Brien defends eSports and League of Legends.
Let’s just say, it will be interesting (and gratifying at the same time) to rewatch this clip, and all the similar ones in 5 years.