Farming Simulator is the esports league the modern gaming industry deserves

    
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No, it’s not a joke: Farming Simulator is seriously putting together an esports league. And really, why not? This is just as legitimate as any team murdersim. And way more wholesome.

“Major changes lie ahead, when the Farming Simulator Championship becomes the Farming Simulator League, a full-fledged eSports league with 10 tournaments across Europe. At the end of the season, the best teams will compete for the title of the Farming Simulator Champion and 100.000€ in prizes. Every single tournament will not only grant circuit points for the best teams, but also wield big prizes, bringing the total prize pool for season two up to a total of 250.000€.”

It really does sound like they’re pulling our legs here, as the official site says the game will “move from bale stacking to a competitive 3 vs 3 mode where teams challenge each other to determine who is the best on the field.” Apparently, the game has already seen private competitive events, so there’s some precedent to take it mainstream.

I look forward to the Very Serious debates over whether Farming esports belong in the Olympics. I am not being sarcastic when I say I hope this makes all the money.

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maydrock .

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Armsbend

Dern you went dove Deep Mind for that reference.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, this new genre of esports is going to be ripe with jokes.

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Schmidt.Capela

Hard to find more fertile ground.

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Armsbend

Why did it take you guys this long to harvest the jokes?

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Mark Jacobs

There was just too much fertile ground for GD and SC to plow through I guess AB.

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Bruno Brito

In the end, it was a productive thread.

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Armsbend

Reuse of ‘fertile’. You have had 4 points subtracted from your pun account. Good day – if that is possible after such a steep loss.

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Mark Jacobs

Thanks AB, I’ll try to moove those points over to cover the imbalance immediately if not Sooner!

But I do feel rather sheepish! Baah…

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silverlock

If you read other game sites like RPS then you already know these games have a big following maybe even bigger then truck simulator (I mean that seriously btw). I didn’t even know they had multi player though. I think this could do very well especially in bringing a new audience to esports .

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Schmidt.Capela

In some parts of Europe the Farming Simulator series is actually bigger than CoD, WoW, GTA, and the other games we usually see as the “big” ones.

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Person Dude

I hope this is successful because I’d love to see a wider variety of games in mainstream esports.

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Eliandal

…and why not? As gamers age, things like this may (hopefully) become more popular than ‘murder matches’

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Danny Smith

Please be more popular than Blizzards recent attempts. I cannot imagine how much it would stick in their craw after years of trying to make everything another brood war lightning in a bottle and completely failing.

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While unexpected, I think it’s pretty cool. As long as the presentation is solid, commentary is well done, and viewers can see what’s going on, then I’d probably watch this over something like Overwatch, which I still consider to be like the little league of esports.

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Armsbend

Overwatch and Fortnite are the hardest to watch competitive games I’ve yet to see. OW just isn’t fun to watch at all.

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DeadlyAccurate

I don’t understand how someone who doesn’t play Overwatch could watch it and make sense of what’s happening. I have 1000 hours in Overwatch, and I struggle to understand the goings-on of a match, and I know every characters’ abilities and every map layout forward-and-backward. It just doesn’t seem like it would appeal to anyone who isn’t already a player.

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Armsbend

I’ve put a lot of time into it as well, understand what’s going on, but still don’t like watching it.

Same as Pro Bowling. I like to bowl when I do – but I sure don’t want to watch people from Minnesota bowling on tv.

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This is my main problem with esports. I don’t need to have played a regular sport to understand it, or recognize when something impressive has happened, and the game is generally slow enough that the announcer can explain things to a layman. Most esports announcers assume that every viewer is already well versed in the game, and talk so quickly I can’t follow. They need to work on making esports more accessible.

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DeadlyAccurate

Yeah. With dozens of characters all with unique skills, ultimates, and movement abilities, it’s hard to understand why a Widowmaker’s chain-hook headshot of a Tracer was damned impressive or why certain characters are weird choices on certain maps if you aren’t intimately familiar with the game.

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Bruno Brito

Even to those who play, it’s complicated to understand. It’s specially bad with OW, because it’s not that much of a problem with TF2, and it’s a bit convoluted in Paladins but it’s easier to follow.

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I mean – in real life they have farming competitions, logging competitions. They compete for largest tomato, best looking steer, timed slaughter (a real thing), running around on a log in water, etc. It might seem ridiculous to someone who has never worked a farm but for someone who has – nothing to bat an eye at.

So why not in a video game? It isn’t as if playing virtual goblins in a 1v1 RTS is somehow more noble or more serious than virtually plowing a field. It is all so very stupid af – so who cares which games are tossed into esports?

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Pretty much. I grew up in ranch country and stuff like this was very common. The yearly town Fair was a major deal. People would bring livestock to show off and buy/sell along side country music concerts and tractor drag races. Tractor races were quite popular. Once night came around it was all booze and fireworks. I’d sit on the hood of my buddies Trans Am and watch the drunks have fist fights. Good times.

So yeah having farming based esports seems normal to me heh.

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I live in a giant city today but drive down every year for the state fair. I love farming and what those families do for a living – so I am endlessly interested in what they use land for. The fam and I are considering buying a hobby farm (10 acres or less) to have some livestock and general 10 acre nonsense (the best kind of nonsense).

The picture you painted is honestly where I feel most at home. I gravitate towards redneck culture – being as I am at least 80% redbird myself.

But take that all aside…I read this article yuesterday and that article, like this one, is all YUK YUK who would do this?!????? But pretending you are a wizard while doing top lane pressing ‘w’ at the right time is so very, VERY sophisticated and worthy of our undivided attention.

People need to realize how absolutely childish and stupid the shit we pay attention to is. Anything is game in the games we watch and play. IT’S A GAME.

I’ve played Farming Sim. I can see doing it fast and efficiently as hard as any other game I’ve played. Basically a time trial game.

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Schmidt.Capela

Well, I do have nearly two hundred hours on Stardew Valley alone, and this doesn’t take into account all the many, many hours I’ve spent on Harvest Moon games, starting with the 1996 one; I, for one, don’t see anything strange in farming games getting the eSports treatment.

Not really a fan of the Farming Simulator series, though. I guess I prefer less realistic farming games instead, with a more rustic setting.

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For someone who probably won’t in this lifetime own 2000 acres nor buy millions in farming equipment I find it enjoyable to do this type of thing. I haven’t played one in quite some time but I think I put 100 or so into the last one I played.

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Heh, I lasted all of 2 years in the big city. I don’t know how people stay there. I’m on the east coast now but found a nice little town surrounded by farmland. Feels right.

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DeadlyAccurate

I mean, rodeo events are based on the real activities of ranchers and cowboys, so I don’t see any difference. It’s neat, and I love the idea of more esports. Up until now it was basically racing, murdersim, RTS, and card games.