Pretty sure soccer fans hate esports even more than you do

    
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Still think esports isn’t really a sport at all? Then you’re gonna love what some Swiss fans did at a soccer game this weekend.

Superfans of Swiss team Young Boys of Bern tossed game controllers and tennis balls (tennis balls?) onto the field during the game, causing a halt in play for a few minutes as officials cleaned up the mess. The fans from both teams also brought anti-esports banners for their protest; the Bern folks rolled out a massive banner with a pause button on it, demanding that European franchises abandon plans to expand into esports.

The AP notes that “European soccer clubs are increasingly looking to have a franchise in esports leagues,” which won’t surprise you at all, given the push to include esports in global sports tournaments like the Olympics and the frequency with which North American and East Asian sports leagues are investing in more online pursuits.

If you’re cool with esports but are really mad that I am calling it soccer, you could probably just throw soccer balls into a video game and then we’re all even.

Source: AP via Eurogamer. Thanks, Sally!

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Bryan Correll

I’m torn here. I’m no fan of e-sports. But I think people take other sports waaaaay too seriously and am amused that soccer fans are apparently intimidated by the idea of competition for their beloved version of sport ball.

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Rheem Octuris

Those controllers are expensive though…

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rafael12104

Well speaking as a “football” aka soccer fan and an American Football fan and a fan of almost any sport in general (I like them all, except maybe Curling), I am amused at the Swiss who consider Curling a sport and have pro leagues have and issue with Esports. Lol.

Bottom line is simply this. Esports is a sport. Yup. The mental acuity, muscle memory, hand to eye coordination, skill and teamwork required to play professionally makes it an athletic endeavor.

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Jack Pipsam

E-Sports is a plague XD
Just like normal sport!

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Mewmew

And they angrily screamed “Neerrrds!” while throwing the controllers.

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Mewmew

I’m fine with E-Sports and fine with calling Soccer Soccer. Soccer isn’t an American word anyway, it was one of the original names of the sport that came from Europe. Does Football make more sense, and much less sense for a game where you barely ever use your foot? Sure, but we can deal with saying Football and American Football :P

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Jack Pipsam

We call it Soccer as well in Australia.

Because our football, is entirely different again XD

Not sure about New Zealand, I’ve always assumed this entire time they’ve called it Soccer as well, but I could be dead-wrong on that.

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Brother Maynard

It seems that the Kiwis analysed the situation, realised which end of the human body is used to apply the Newton’s second law of motion to the coloured spherical object lying on the ground in front of them and they dropped the ‘soccer’ name.

It might also have seemed weird to them to call a sport by a slang expression for ‘association’. I guess it has something to do with why the world doesn’t call the tennis players ‘Feds’.

Wiki says the Kiwis are happy about the change, and who would be surprised? The world makes just a little more sense, when you connect two objects and realise they belong together…

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Ben Stone

And we call American football ‘Gridiron’.

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silverlock

I’m not really sure why they would care? From a business stand point it makes sense really.

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Mewmew

Do we really understand anything that Soccer Hooligans do? :D

It sounds like something the Alpha Beta House from Revenge of the Nerds would do.

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Arktouros

Haha this is hilarious. That huge pause banner, perfect.

I don’t mind eSports as a concept but I hate when they have dramatic impact on MMO games that we play. Like GW2 was super infamous for a super long time where they kept trying to make eSports a thing and refused to back down off the separate balance for each game mode mantra. The disastrous impact they had on Planetside 2 because the Smed wanted to push eSports in a massive scale title when it made zero sense lead to huge amounts of development time wasted on things that the game population had zero interest in. The list goes on.

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Hirku

I’m impressed…they managed to express their displeasure without rioting. Good job!

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silverlock

I think this is about as close to rioting as the Swiss get.

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Sally Bowls

If calling it soccer triggers you, then definitely stay away from this Dr. Pepper commercial designed to be shown during American college football games.

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/dRVZ/dr-pepper-fansville-family-huddle