Some Regular ESPN Fans Are Pretty Angry Today

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In case you didn't know, today is the final day of action for the Evolution Championship Series. That's the world's largest collection of fighting game tournaments, and it's also one of the most prestigious — and exciting — events on the esports calendar.

EVO always makes for good viewing. And because fighting games are quickly and easily understood, it also fits really well with traditional broadcast media. So that's what ESPN 2 is doing right now — and regular ESPN 2 fans are a bit crabby about it.

It's making for a fun battle on social media: EVO and esports fans thrilled at the spotlight being given to games like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter V, and other sporting fans livid at the network's apparent stupidity.

There is the small fact that ESPN 2 has been showing alternatives to regular sport for years, as one user noted:

But that hasn't stopped a litany of complaints nonetheless.

But while some of the rage on social media is worth a laugh, so are some of the replies.

As ESPN continues to double down on esports, we'll see more of this kind of division and confusion from ESPN's regular audience. But all of the future projections and investment from sports into video games and esports aside, the strong argument remains: American sports is having a bit of a quiet period right now. Why not fill the void with super passionate gamers, especially in the late hours of the evening?


    @espn 2 excuse me can you broadcast some real sports like poker??
    That has to be a troll...

      You got the joke, well done.

    This is 'murrrca. I want me suhm FERTBAWWWWL!!

    Hey now! Wood Chopping competitions and Worlds strongest man are pretty damn awesome to watch

    Whatever happened to ESPN 8 - 'The OCHO' ?

      And we could read about it in OSQ - Obscure Sports Quarterly!

    The Normies are getting frightened that nerds are taking the world by storm and disrupting the traditional power structure that has always in favour of "cool sports" that are about lifting and running. Video games are about mental focus and dexterity, things that most sports don't have.

    The Normies want us back in basements because then we are beneath them and easy to mock and put down. Pokemon Go has nerds out in the world being social and exercising, eSports on TV showing video games over throwing a football. They are worried that those they put down in life are the new cool.

    Edit: What makes me laugh is that those people complaining and wanting Football on TV, most of them probably play Fantasy Leagues like it's serious business.

    Last edited 18/07/16 6:56 pm

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