The world of competitive video gaming moved into mainstream limelight with relative ease over the past decade.
Despite what they might like to think, television has done little to help, but in reality, has grabbed at the coat tails of this success. And now More than ever, television wants to get into the action.
As expected the Twitch videos were joined by an influx of text comments from viewers. Comments about the overall production ranged from supportive to mocking — especially during commercial breaks — but remained focused, mostly, on the competition at hand. The total viewership at the end of the streaming session surpassed the million spectator mark.
Many big media and game corporations have already expanded their investments in e-sports. Activision Blizzard, the publishers behind popular the popular games Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, are building a media business to distribute e-sports competition that the company’s chief executive, Bobby Kotick, has assured onlookers will become the “ESPN of eSports.”