Sports games have better mass appeal than shooters and RTS games

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Sports and eSports make more sense when it comes to spectatorship and mass appeal, I mean look at how many people understand sports in relation to how many people understand Call of Duty or Battlefield or StarCraft 2. Obviously there would be more people willing to watch others play sports games than shooters, obviously.

“It makes complete sense in a very organic way.” At least that’s what Virgin Gaming’s Wim Stocks has said. In an interview on Forbes about the EA Sports $1 Million Challenge, another eSports tournament with a mother of prize purses for games such as football, hockey and football, i.e. FIFA, Madden and NHL.

“It’s no different than real life. Not only is there competition in real life sporting events, there’s competition in these events. The great thing about this event around a FIFA, NHL or NFL is that people who watch sports understand what’s happening in these video games. They might not if they’re playing a game of Call of Duty or StarCraft II. Laymen are not going to understand nearly as well in that kind of a competition compared to a game that is sports related. It becomes a real natural for what is we’re doing here.”

In a way I can completely agree with Stocks, and I’m sure it’ll go bit in the United States (nothing wrong with that), because they love their sports, games like FIFA has massive potential in the rest of the world as well. However the amount of spectators for games like League of Legends and Dota 2 could easily trump that. Because it’s actually quite easy to understand what’s going on, even if you don’t know the details. Just as easy it is to recognize when some one scores a goal in FIFA, it is to recognize that one team just got a kill.

That being said, it doesn’t matter what kind of game it is, the effort from companies to legitimize eSports has become tremendous, Stocks believe that the million dollar prize pool helps the cause. When asked what he felt he prize money brought to the table when it comes to eSports, he had the following to say:

“Certainly the epicness of the tournament, not only the online portion and the huge scale we brought with over 150,000 people playing online, but the million dollars is a huge prize and it gets people pretty excited, in and of itself. It’s a great marketing tool. People see now that there’s a legitimate opportunity to make and potential to make some big money by virtually playing video games. The million dollar prize pool is one of the key marketing aspects of what we’re doing here at this event.”

Our very own MainGaming already supports the football scene with their FIFA 13 tournament, so in the words of Leonard Hofstadter, “GO SPORTS!”

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Last Updated: February 19, 2013

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  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    I’d much rather watch a game of SC2 than a sports game. But that’s just me.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      There goes your rugby invite for Saturday!!!

      • Darth_Clericus_The_Ultimate

        Sports GAME. Not real sports.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          SHARKIES!!!!! cc @be32c9d0b707e4d635741ed785486a39:disqus

        • Admiral Chief Erwin


          Also yes! Stormers are gonna klap the bulls with a nat snoek!

          I am a Shark, but I enjoy watching the Stormers and even the Cheetahs.

          (yes bulls is purposefully NOT capitalised :P)

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Sports Video Game.

        Real Life Sport is cool. Especially rugby

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          Nice save 😛

  • OVG

    Sport was created to distract the peasants from revolting (smelly Rugby fans). Let them eat cake.

    Everybody knows that only NERDS play videogames.


    • Banana Jim

      This man speaks the truth!

    • Grant Hancock

      the cake is a lie !

  • Deon Steyn

    Maybe now with all the attention to sports and the sevens to be played at the olympics pressure will be created to release a proper rugby game every year like FIFA,F1 and golf. But I doubt it.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      I hope so, I’d play that!

    • A proper rugby game… impossible!

      If you had to chose a developer to create one, who would it be?

      • Deon Steyn

        Just a suggestion but what about Midway if they are still in business.They made Blitz: The League 2 and that was a lot of fun.

        • It would be great to see a proper rugby game, one with good graphics and gameplay. I think what’s most important is the advertising though, the game shouldn’t just be tagged along the World Cup. Like you said, something annual like FIFA would be great. Be what they will, EA Sports could probably make it a success…

          • Deon Steyn

            They could advertise during Super 15 and Heineken Cup matches. EA sports probably could. They have the capitol but i only if they put real effort into it. Not like RWC11 or Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge. Those were alright for a gaming community hungry for any rugby game but nothing special.

          • Yep, agree 100%

          • Anon A Mouse

            Jonah Lomu sucked ASS. Luckily I got it on the cheap but that was a poor excuse for a game and even a poorer excuse for a rugby game.

      • OVG

        Gearbox. I cant imagine them making the AI code anymore than the IQ of an entire rugby team. Easy.

      • Tbone187

        2K sports…the yanks will probably have to learn the game first tho…hehe…

  • mornelithe

    I can watch sports on TV any day of the week, provided it’s a sport I’m interested in. But actually sitting down and watching a Sports game….being played by other people? I could think of few things I’d find more awful.

    • Tbone187

      Mind you, PES ’13 is awesome to spectate…got roped in the other day while demoing the game for a friend…

      • mornelithe

        Yeah, I know some people are ok with it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m hyper though, so it’s hard to sit in one place for too long without doing something. And sitting there watching other people play games is really boring for me hehe =)

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