Over the weekend, something glorious happened for eSports. ESPN 2 showed a Heroes of the Storm tournament, Heroes of the Dorm, live on air. Despite being really cool, twitter exploded over it. Then, an ESPN presenter decided to mock eSports, its announcers and its players.
First, the good – the tournament was a big deal. Blizzard obviously wants people to jump on board with Heroes of the Storm. So much so, that they offered each team member of the tournament four years of paid tuition – for those who don’t understand how expensive university is in the US of A, that’s about equivalent to $100k per player depending on the university. Of course plenty of people on twitter decided to mock the event and say they didn’t understand why ESPN was showing this. I’m a bit confused by their outrage considering ESPN regularly broadcasts Spelling Bees and eating competitions. But it had to go from bad to worse.
Colin Cowherd is an ESPN presenter. He also has a podcast to share more of his opinions. However, his latest one shows not only a complete lack of understanding of eSports (confusing League of Legends with Heroes of the Storm), but also a distinct lack of respect for gamers or his shoutcasting colleagues.
You don’t have to watch the whole thing if you don’t feel like it. Here’s a highlight lowlight of what he felt compelled to say:
Somebody lock the basement door at mom’s house and don’t let ’em out. I tagged out at Harry Potter. I tolerated Donkey Kong. I’ll tell you what that was the equivalent of there: of me putting a gun in my mouth and having to listen to that. Unbelievable. You know what the funny thing is? Listen to how intense they are. Those guys are totally into it.
He even included a soundboard clip of Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds yelling “nerds!”. I find it hard to believe that there are still jocks like this out there. What makes this Cowherd guy think that he’s superior to his eSports counterparts? Does he realize that eSports will overtake those other games he knows? Beyond his lack of understanding, his distinct lack of respect for anything other than what he knows shows his lack of character. It’s a shame that ESPN employs people like this. I may not always enjoy watching eSports, but there are also plenty of traditional sports that I don’t like watching. That doesn’t mean that I think those who do enjoy it are somehow lesser, and I still have a ton of respect for eSports athletes from all walks of life. Shame on you Colin Cowherd.
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Last Updated: April 28, 2015