In the latest 'A Journalistic Bent', veteran columnist Jim Rossignol discusses the possibility that the E-sports movement could turn to MMOs as the televised entertainment of the future, talking to ArenaNet's Michael Gills about Guild Wars
' potential for spectator-friendly greatness, as follows:
"E-Sports seem to still to be struggling to take off in the West. There are sporadic outbreaks here and there, but the idea of games-as-spectator events is still limited to physical sports, and maybe chess. Compared to Korea, where TV stations regularly broadcast Starcraft and even Lineage match-ups (and where I stood in a room with fifty teenage girls who screamed in anticipation of a particularly ruthless Zerg gambit), Western gaming audiences seem a bit nonchalant. Our audience for the gaming elite slug it out for glory and sponsorship dollars is limited.
So can it grow? I wondered whether the nonchalance was because Western e-sports seem to focus too much on FPS games such as Counter-Strike. Korean TV had a 'We Love Each Other And Play Lineage' special, with couples duelling with their level 70-something Lineage characters. So, in the light of World Of Warcraft's exponential reformatting of the demographic, do we need something else, some kind of variety in e-sports? Can we move away from Go! Go! Go! and timing the red armour respawn?"
You can now read the full Gamasutra column on the subject
, including more from ArenaNet on tournament uses for Guild Wars
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