Esports blurs video gaming and pro-sports


[crowd roars]Reporter: Many people
would call competitive gaming,
or esports,
a subculture;
but is it really when it packs
this stadium for two days,
15,000 people all here to watch
their favourite players
compete in the North American
finals of League of Legends,
currently the most played
video game in the world.
With his team Immortals
winning third place,
Jason “Wild turtle” Tran
is a hit with the fans.
It’s pretty amazing
to be playing in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.
It just felt crazy that I got to win
in my hometown. Reporter:Players
are not the only stars
in the esports universe:
like in professional sports,
game commentators or casters
are popular, too,
with a language
all their own.
Kill on bottom where Meteos
then took magical journey, that’s where
you’re like, okay… Reporter:For player turned
caster Joshua Leesman,
being able to make a living
doing what he loves
is a vindication.Basically, if you played
a whole bunch of games it was “what are you
doing with your life?” and “why are you playing
so many games, go focus on
something else.” Whereas now,
there’s the beginning of it being thought
of as a career or something that you
could actually accomplish. It’s kind of a dream
just like being a professional hockey player,
professional basketball player. Reporter:The comparison with
professional sports
doesn’t end there. Top esports players
make millions and travel on international
athlete visas.ESPNandTSNboth
cover esports now.
Whalen Rozelle is the head
of esports at Riot Games, which makes
League of Legends.
We’ve learned a lot
from traditional sports in the form of the way
we tell stories, and how we portray–
build heroes and portray
these athletes. And it’s going to be cool to see
them learning from us. The degree of accessibility
and the connection that any sport athlete
has with their fan base is unparalleled
in the sports world. Reporter:In fact,
a Korean esports organization
has recently pushed
for esports to be included
in the Olympics.But many here at the League of
Legends championship
feel they don’t need
that to feel legitimate.
I think you can see from being
able to fill a stadium like this that we don’t
really go for validation, I think we have all the
validation from the fans that we need. Reporter:Fans for whom
speed and agility
are just as impressive
on a video game screen
as they are on a court
or a racetrack.
Deanna Sumanac-Johnson,
CBCNews, Toronto.

63 thoughts on “Esports blurs video gaming and pro-sports

  • August 29, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    Cue the angry old man comments…

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  • August 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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    and no fking way do we need it in the Olympics…. lol

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  • August 29, 2016 at 10:46 pm
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    hahaha damn many nerds that filled up a stadium. no wonder eharmony exists. lol (not leagues of legends btw)

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  • August 29, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    for the olympics? never. this kind of sport only reaches rich nations

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  • August 30, 2016 at 4:38 am
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    "Make Millions" Oh well..

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  • August 30, 2016 at 4:45 am
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    JOSHUA LEES"MON"

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  • August 30, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    Wait this is how Canadians speak? Really?? I never knew 😮

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  • August 30, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    E-sports don't belong in the olympics

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  • August 30, 2016 at 11:16 am
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    While I am a huge fan of esports and the culture they've created for themselves, I'm still not sure if I want them in the Olympics. I've never been a fan of team sports in the Olympics, but I think their original purpose was to showcase premiere athleticism. I wouldn't put Chess in the Olympics, and for the same reason, League.

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  • August 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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    Hi reddit

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  • August 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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    So golf, archery and shooting can be olympic sports but esports cant? Fast forward 10/20 years when all the shallow minded and ignorant old people aren't here anymore and then see how esports is doing:)

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  • August 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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    nerds

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  • August 31, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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    I was here live and it was litty!!!!!!

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  • September 1, 2016 at 3:14 am
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    eSport in the Olympics would make Olympics worth watching. It's 21st century. Why do people still compete like cavemen do?

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  • September 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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    eyyy the only clip they show is a fail gragas body slam-flash into ulting a spellshielded sivir. sick plays.

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  • September 2, 2016 at 1:19 am
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    Hello buddies ! ! ! prime i really love this result violently# greatly =D

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  • September 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    Neeeerrrrrddddsss

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  • September 17, 2016 at 9:05 am
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    Stop calling them athletes they're not it's not what they are and it's not even proper use of the word athlete

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  • September 19, 2016 at 5:02 am
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    I still don't think their athletes

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  • September 20, 2016 at 10:19 am
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    You watch people play video games? Why not play yourself?

    Hold on the football is on, I'll be back.

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  • September 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm
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    Again, they introduce this video as 'competetive video games'. Which I think is a flawed way to start, it puts everyone who doesn't know anything about it off instantly. You should introduce it as 'This stadium is packed with people… To watch League of Legends'. People will rather think 'League of Legends, that sounds interesting', than 'Ew, video games'

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  • September 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    It is 2016 and you are only now covering this

    So far behind

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  • September 22, 2016 at 2:47 am
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    1:40 is that box box

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  • September 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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    I WAS THERE! 😀

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  • September 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    ESports RLSports
    Stress Stress
    Endurance Endurance
    Teamwork Teamwork
    Fans Fans
    Sponsors Sponsors
    Fun Fun
    Reflexes Reflexes
    Virtual Physical
    Injury Injury

    There's only one difference

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  • September 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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    Jason Tran? Do you have a relative named Kevin?

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  • September 23, 2016 at 12:23 am
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    Where's Doto????

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  • September 24, 2016 at 3:29 am
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    TSM TSM TSM

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  • September 24, 2016 at 5:07 pm
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    WHALEN pwahahahahaha

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  • September 24, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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    Esports in the Olympics would be really cool to watch, but the idea of a privately owned game being featured in the Olympics makes me a bit uneasy.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 1:44 am
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    Let me fix your title – "esports blurs the line between sports and gaming"

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  • September 26, 2016 at 8:00 am
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    Still more exciting than golf

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  • September 29, 2016 at 5:24 am
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    Esports, thats whats its called, media is blurring this for attention

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  • September 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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    Esports will never be like sports/athletics.

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  • October 12, 2016 at 11:29 pm
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    BOXBOX SENPAI

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  • October 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm
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    just like chess, its just not a meat heads sport..

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  • October 18, 2016 at 1:10 am
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    Esports is legitimate, but the Olympics?? Hell no

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  • October 30, 2016 at 12:32 am
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    Esports really does not belong in the Olympics. It would be too awkward to set a team around it and there are far too many games/formats to choose from (League, SC2, CS:GO, COD, etc.) Also games are privately owned, unlike sports or athletic events, and are constantly undergoing change. Like, its possible League won't even be a thing in 10 years and something else may/will have taken its place.

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  • October 31, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    Ahahahah BoxBox !!! <3 <3

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  • November 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    In a near future, instead of screens we could have 3D holograms in a field! That would be cool.

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  • December 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm
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    1:38 BoxBox, the most interesting part of this vid

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  • January 22, 2017 at 9:48 am
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    I honestly think esports more importantly overwatch should be in the olympics, why? South Korea would dominate evrything

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  • April 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm
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    YO IS THAT BROWN NERD??? 2:07

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  • May 7, 2017 at 7:40 am
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    What is this hangout party?
    Take a look at DotA2 The International in Key arena and then see what a crowd looks like.

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  • May 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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    League of lesbians is not an eSport lol.. what the actual..

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  • May 31, 2017 at 7:20 am
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    eSports shouldn't be in the Olympics the same way soccer/football and tennis shouldn't be in the Olympics:

    They already have bigger, better tournaments outside Olympics.

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  • June 4, 2017 at 8:45 am
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    Why not just play the game?
    Oh well we do play the game and we also like to watch it.

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  • June 18, 2017 at 9:58 am
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    We have alot to consider when we say: games on Olympics. How are we going to organize the games. There are alot of games to choose from. That I think is the biggest problem in eSports entering Olympics. I'm not saying it shouldn't. I personally would love to see eSports be on the Olympics, but there is alot to do if we do persue in this path.

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  • July 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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    God bless CBC for not completely making fun of it and instead being open minded.

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  • November 2, 2017 at 12:27 am
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    amigo me gustaria saber cuáles son los juegos que mas se juegan en los torneos para poder descargarlos gracias

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  • November 2, 2017 at 12:54 am
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    amigo me gustaria saber cuáles son los juegos que mas se juegan en los torneos para poder descargarlos gracias

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  • November 5, 2017 at 3:19 am
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    I have nothing against people playing games against each other, I have no problem with people watching it…. Just don’t call it a sport… It’s competitive gaming…

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  • November 18, 2017 at 11:10 am
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    Video games are e-sports and not sports.

    I love csgo and esports, but theres a reason its considered esports, and sports.

    Sports =/= esports

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  • December 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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    So cringy when the mainstream news reports it lol

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  • January 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm
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    How bout olympics for esports? ELYMPICS? NO?

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  • June 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    lol, they didn't show a single interesting thing that actually happened in the game. Why? Because nothing interesting Ever happens in those games. The audience members they showed were literally yawning and falling asleep haha

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  • August 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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    Esports is a glorified sweat fest made up of losers that play 12 hours a day.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 12:51 am
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    I thought the title meant that esports censored video gaming or something.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    eSport in the Olympics just gives Korea free Gold medals

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  • May 4, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    its sports…. end of story

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  • May 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Dance Dance Revolution is the most qualified esport and its not an esport. Take that in.

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  • August 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Imagine people in the past roasting chess players 😂

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  • August 29, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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    I’m not a gamer but I love and appreciate everything about the gaming world, i think this world is cool

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