It’s official – We’re now using “esports,” not “eSports”

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The debates which has been ongoing for a number of years on how to write the word “esports” has finally come to a close as the Associated Press concluded the debate on how the word should be written and classified. During a debate at the American Copy Editors Society yesterday, the Associated Press put it to bed, and we’re moving forward from here.

I was perhaps one of the biggest culprits of using “eSports” throughout my years of pretending to be a journalist, and it wasn’t until a saw a Tweet from a professional CS:GO analyst remarking “we don’t say eMail? Why do we say eSports?” This was a glass shattering moment for me and from that day I’ve tried to use the new “esports” in an effort to set the local trend. There are of course a few exceptions to the word. You can capitilize the “E” for “Esports” if it’s in a title or used as a proper noun, eg. Energy Esports, not Energy eSports (as it once was). That’s a slippery slope because esports is not a proper noun, but can be used as one. It’s a noun, so like email, we don’t capitalize the “E” unless as shown above.

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The debate was concluded solely due to global trends and the word becoming more and more prevalent in main stream media, and pretty much all press around the world. The Associated Press Stylebook will be coming out on May 31st and in there will be esports alongside email as an unhyphenated word set for an up to date hip future of press.

This is final, now. I don’t want to see any eSports around on the Twitters and Facebooks, or you’ll be getting an angry eMail from me.

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Last Updated: March 27, 2017

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit's esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for Orena - but my work here is independent of that.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    #eSports … :3

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Is ehsports still okay?

    • MonsterCheddar

      mehsports.

      • HvR

        we all know you only do esperts

  • not sure what I’m more upset about
    1. This article showing how slow a news day it is
    2. AP even giving a shit about this
    3. it’s eSports not esports…

  • Original Heretic

    Amazing. Take away a capital letter and suddenly, it seems a whole lot more African in tone.

  • Captain JJ

    Oh, cool. Because I was thinking about making a movie series called Star Wars. But I guess if I call it star wars it should be okay.

  • For the Emperor!

    eSports eSports eSports eSports eSports eSports eSports eSports eSports 😛

    • HvR

      *esport *esport *esport *esport *esport *esport *esport *esport *esport

  • Skittle

    Gif not jif

  • MonsterCheddar

    EsPoRtS or eSpOrTs?

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