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Just when you thought eSports couldn’t get stranger…

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Despite its enormous popularity, many people still scoff at the idea of eSports. They wonder how something that’s not physical can be a sport. Well, now there’s a new addition to the eSports world, and it does involve moving your body.

During the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) there will be a loud, rowdy and over the top group of the gamers. Beyond the normal screaming Dota 2 crowd, there will be a new bunch, the Just Dance crowd. Yes, that’s right, Just Dance is an eSport – here’s what Matthieu Dallon, founder of the ESWC said:

For the 11th edition of the ESWC, we are very proud to widen the definition of eSport with Ubisoft. Competitive gaming has to welcome all kind of players, has to be developed in partnership with the games publishers, and has to showcase the most advanced technologies which link the body to the game. Just Dance is for ESWC the perfect medium to reach those goals.

Want to compete? Well you can! World Dance Floor, Just Dance’s online multiplayer allows players to compete against each other’s performances. Using that, qualifying sessions are schedule for 13 July, 20 July, 27 July, 3 August, 31 August, 7 September, 14 September and 21 September. All this builds to the actual Just Dance World Cup which will take place 30 October-1 November. There are more ways to enter – here’s a pretty info graphic for you:

Just dance eswc info en v6

20 of the best dancers get a trip to Paris to compete in the Grand Finals? Time to get dancing. I like seeing some diversity in the games being selected as eSports – it’s not just about Call of Duty or all those MOBA games; there are other games out there that some people enjoy playing. At least this one no one can complain isn’t a real sport – it requires plenty of physical coordination, fitness and timing. Will you be entering?

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Last Updated: June 26, 2014

58 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 26, 2014 at 09:22

    If they want to widen the definitions they should consider partnering with a competitive eating organisation & bringing Dorito’s into the mix. It would work on so many levels.

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    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 26, 2014 at 10:00

      Eating Doritos while trying to dance!! Epic! 10/10 would watch!

      Reply

  2. CodeName Tailgunner

    June 26, 2014 at 09:23

    Gone are the days where only your crack gets sweaty when playing e-sports.
    #swampass

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    • Dutch Matrix

      June 26, 2014 at 09:25

      Tailgunner making an ass joke? LoL…

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        June 26, 2014 at 09:25

        Hahahaha

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 26, 2014 at 09:39

        LOOOOL

        Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 26, 2014 at 10:00

        BUUUUUUUURN

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    June 26, 2014 at 09:25

    Gotta have moves like this kid, his dismount needs some work though
    http://gamemoir.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/fat-kid-ddr-o.gif?w=1112

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    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 26, 2014 at 09:59

      But did she complete it or not!?!?!?!

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 26, 2014 at 10:01

        It are a she?

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        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          June 26, 2014 at 10:02

          I’m guessing here

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          • Hammersteyn

            June 26, 2014 at 10:14

            Maybe? Why else would he/she walk off.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 26, 2014 at 10:15

            I wouldn’t call that “walking off”

            The person may have to “walk it off” when they get back up though

          • Hammersteyn

            June 26, 2014 at 10:42

            lol

        • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

          June 26, 2014 at 10:03

          That is Rince 10 years ago.

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          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 26, 2014 at 10:04

            yoh dude…. that’s… Eina…. Rince is not gonna like you for very long….

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 10:07

            Was Rince a fatty?

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 26, 2014 at 10:08

            Aren’t all Gingers fatty’s in their teens?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 26, 2014 at 10:11

            Wow. Ouch.

    • FoxOneZA

      June 26, 2014 at 10:25

      Actually that ‘s a great way to get the obese to lose weight. But in more private way please.

      Reply

    • Norm

      June 26, 2014 at 13:37

      They call him the ‘Frotstepper’

      Reply

  4. Dutch Matrix

    June 26, 2014 at 09:26

    This… this is not a bad idea actually. Well done for this. Now, can we get a Rockband revival going? That would make an awesome esport. Heck, you can even get judged on your stage performance…

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  5. Rags

    June 26, 2014 at 09:42

    This is not esport. It is marketing.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 26, 2014 at 09:44

      There’s a 300 pun in there somewhere.

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 26, 2014 at 09:46

        Dancing silly and Sparta just do not belong together

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 26, 2014 at 09:49

          This is marketing. No, this is ESPORTS!

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        • Brady miaau

          June 26, 2014 at 09:50

          was there not some crap movie rip-off of 300 where they did just that?

          (if yes, then I look stupid right, cause that is what you meant here!)

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          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 26, 2014 at 09:52

            The last rip-off movie I watched (and enjoyed) was Hot Shots 1&2

  6. Kensei Seraph

    June 26, 2014 at 09:51

    Seems kind of unfair that the regions without Xbone consoles aren’t eligible for 2 of the 20 slots.

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  7. Milesh Bhana

    June 26, 2014 at 09:53

    not sure why this is weird/surprising.

    back in the day, there were World Championships for DDR. (granted it was more an asian thing)

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    • Kensei Seraph

      June 26, 2014 at 09:56

      My first though on reading your comment was wondering how a World Championship for RAM would work.

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 26, 2014 at 09:58

        BENCHMARKS, duh

        😛

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  8. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    June 26, 2014 at 09:59

    No thank you. I shall not compete. I’ve seen what some of those guys and girls can do. My feet are too stupid for this game

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 26, 2014 at 10:36

      please do not mistake Just Dance for DDR or stepmania.
      Just dance is a whole other level.

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      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 26, 2014 at 11:06

        It’s worse than I thought…..

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  9. Unavengedavo

    June 26, 2014 at 10:02

    This sounds like some bad prelude to a new Step Up movie O_o

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    • CodeName Tailgunner

      June 26, 2014 at 10:03

      Step Up: To the machine

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      • Unavengedavo

        June 26, 2014 at 10:05

        I don’t think that we should be giving them any ideas. What if they do make it and end up with bad gaming references and stupid “hacking” scenes?

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    • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

      June 26, 2014 at 10:04

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 26, 2014 at 10:09

        wtf did I just watch?

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        • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

          June 26, 2014 at 10:10

          The future of gang warfare, just now they can do it with their Iphones

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      • Unavengedavo

        June 26, 2014 at 10:11

        Okay, you win O_o

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      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 26, 2014 at 10:14

        what the actual…

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      • Weanerdog

        June 26, 2014 at 11:35

        So I IMDB ed that and was surprised to see that it got 5.4 from all 1000 odd who saw it. It is credited as a comedy, I didn’t get that from the trailer.

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        • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

          June 26, 2014 at 11:36

          Think it is one those it is so bad it is good films. Still want to see it though will be better love story than Twilight.

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          • Weanerdog

            June 26, 2014 at 12:59

            I’ll have to take your word on it, I have never seen Twilight.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 26, 2014 at 10:05

      • Unavengedavo

        June 26, 2014 at 10:12

        I knew about this, but I meant after that. You know crap like this usually get 500 direct to dvd sequels

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 26, 2014 at 10:15

      That’s not funny. I saw a trailer for a new one when I went to watch Edge of Tomorrow the other day. 🙁

      Reply

  10. The Gaming Alcoholic

    June 26, 2014 at 10:09

    Well. That’s it. I thought Esports was worth fuck-all before, they just proved me wrong. I’m out.

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  11. alcatraz5953

    June 26, 2014 at 10:19

    Somewhere, somehow, somebody always has to go too far! Next stop – strictly come dancing is now an eSport too

    Reply

    • The Gaming Alcoholic

      June 26, 2014 at 10:21

      Esports Minecraft. The future!

      Reply

      • alcatraz5953

        June 26, 2014 at 10:33

        Minecraft is a great deal better than just dance I might add

        Reply

  12. Greylingad

    June 26, 2014 at 12:20

    Can you imagine what this will look like, let alone sound like on an open floor? ok, bar the fact that it’ll mostly bring more people to these events, standing there, strutted in your favourite latex/bling suit that glistens in the spotlight,mind you blinding the spectators, and then jumping in on queue with 20 strangers to the same song….Now imagine if it was a Rocksmith finalist contest…

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  13. Kromas

    June 26, 2014 at 12:24

    Just Dance an E-Sport?! My dreams have been realized!

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  14. Ryanza

    June 26, 2014 at 13:18

  15. MrChinwag

    June 26, 2014 at 13:19

    sport
    noun

    1.
    an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
    “team sports such as soccer and rugby”
    synonyms:(competitive) game(s), physical recreation, physical activity, physical exercise;

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  16. MrChinwag

    June 26, 2014 at 13:21

    Team Swag and Team YOLO will probably be entered in the Twerking Regional Final of dance Dance revolution.

    Reply

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