ESPN muses on e-sports in Guild Wars 2, Blade & Soul, WoW

    
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ESPN has a big piece out this week on e-sports in MMOs, chronicling the many (failed) attempts of MMORPGs like World of Warcraft to break into e-sports and arguing, as so many MMO players have done, that MMOs are “fun to play, but they’re not always fun to watch.”

Author Chris Gates maintains that where WoW has struggled, NCsoft’s newer titles are doing well because they equalize stats and gear and make themselves accessible.

“Like Blade and Soul, Guild Wars 2 equalizes players’ stats. Equipment doesn’t give competitors advantages, and every class is self-reliant. Character builds are extremely flexible, allowing players to customize their characters to their own play styles, but Guild Wars [2’s] combat is fairly simple. Many MMORPGs load characters down with skills and abilities. In Guild Wars 2, players only have a few options. That makes PvP less about memorization, and more about using skills correctly.”

ArenaNet in particular had a leg up, Gates says, because it built Guild Wars 2’s e-sports scene on top of a pre-existing fandom with community-led tourneys. “Since ArenaNet started hosting official tournaments, the number of people playing competitive Guild Wars 2 has more than doubled, and PvP is currently the game’s fastest-growing segment,” he writes. “The launch of ArenaNet and ESL’s Guild Wars 2 Pro League (a quarterly competition with a $100,000 prize pool) should accelerate that expansion. During the Pro League’s first season, which ended in late February, players spent twice as much time as in PvP combat. Season 2 just started, and so far, the amount of time that players are spending in the game is at an all-time high.”

Source: ESPN
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Armsbend Qarran  I disagree with you there.  If you pay attention you will find that many times the real sports journalist are at odds with the very sport they cover like any other journalistic endeavour.  They don’t shill the sport, like ESPN or other TV networks.  The blurring of the line is significant sure, but just to be clear, there is in fact sports journalism and there are stories, important stories, to be told.

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schlag sweetleaf Armsbend bryanjturner Qarran  Well done Schlag. Lol

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SallyBowls1 I don’t think that an article about MMO e-sports was too MMO-focused. MOBAs are another sport and league entirely, and they take up the bulk of e-sports discussion already. It’d be a bit like doing a piece on the rise of women’s college basketball and then midway saying, lawl but the men’s NBA is where all the real money is.

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SallyBowls1 Watching GW2 PvP will still be a much better thing than watching WoW PvP. While GW2 is till flashy WoW sits on the other side of the spectrum of being too stale.

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Greaterdivinity It’s terrible to follow any game with passive effects that aren’t visual. Those passive effects are gamechanging sometimes, and you don’t even see how.
GW2 is a bigger culprit because too many passives and too much visual flustercuck.

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I highly doubt it that GW2 got all that from the e-sports focus, and more because PvP is now rewarding, with the tracks, and it’s fun to play. To watch? Another matter entirely.
You pretty much get rewards without spending anything else than time. While in PvE/world you spend money traveling, you have to do some legwork, you quest, you walk, in PvP you play, have fun and get moneis.
GW2 has a good PvP playerbase, but not a good viewerbase.

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breetoplay Armsbend I would say it’s the mutual self-interest of all involved. Except for the actual customers and fans who would like a realistic view on things.

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Sorenthaz SoMuchMass WoW is harder to watch because it’s boring and doesn’t belong in the PVP realm. The engine and combat were designed around PVE from day one. People play the pvp for gear. That’s the nature of the beast, because it’s the nature of the community.

GW2 may be harder to parse for an outsider, but it is more interesting to the rest.