Yes, Virginia, a Stardew Valley esports scene exists

    
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I am probably one of the few members of the MOP staff who actually enjoys esports, but even I had to do a kitty squint at this one. Stardew Valley, the generally chill and non-competitive 16-bit farming and life sim game, has an esports scene.

More specifically, the game was featured in a broadcast that aired this past Tuesday, February 26th, as part of the Twitch Rivals series of events. The competition commemorated the third anniversary of the game’s PC release, and featured ten teams of four competing to clear a number of challenges such as completing the most bundles or banking the most gold over the length of a six hour competition. And yes, there was even a prize pool up for grabs of $35,000.

In other related Stardew Valley news, the game has finally gotten a launch date for Android devices of Thursday, March 14th. The mobile versions of the game, however, do not feature multiplayer currently, so there’s no way to refine your fledgling Stardew esports team’s hot strats on the go yet. Unless you own a Nintendo Switch, of course.

The Twitch Rivals event is a baffling yet remarkable thing to bear witness to, which you can in the embed below. Assuming you’ve around seven hours to yourself, anyway.

Source: Polygon, Engadget

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Fenrir Wolf

I’d say to what end but that’d be feigning ignorance of a topic I know too much about. I’m not an eSports fan either, sorry — well, outside of the escapades of one SonicFox, as he’s quite entertaining — but I do follow the speedrunning scene.

This just seems like a competitive form of speedrunning rather than the direct form of competition that usually makes up eSports. I find speedrunning fun, too, but I could never do it competitively. Too much anxiety, too much. I’d explode, it’d be messy and no one deserves that.

Still, speedrunning is something I can appreciate in a vacuum where very direct, real-time competition isn’t happening.

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Bannex

Maybe game developers should see this and realize you don’t pick e sports, e sports pick you.

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Purewitz

Come on now, MassivelyOP. April 1st is still over a month away. Save something for then.

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Cyclone Jack

That’ll be the GW2, Overwatch, Anthem, and Division 2 eSports thread. ;)

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Rolan Storm

Huh? This is some interesting news. :3 Never thought it is possible. :)

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rafael12104

I stumbled across this as well. Heh. I thought it was a meme. Lol. Nope. The real deal, and why not?

I loved it. And the prize money wasn’t bad for Stardew. Who knew you could make money, any money, playing Stardew?

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Armsbend

I saw this the other night. Stardew all of a sudden had 100K viewers and people ere just fishing like mad. Weird! But I like it too Chris!

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rafael12104

Exactly. Not fun to watch crops grow, but it was enjoyable to see the players having fun and doing something that did not require the cat-like reflexes of a teenager drinking Jolt Cola.

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Armsbend

I wonder if the ‘rivals’ games are chosen as paid advertisements or whether it is organic. They do get a massive viewer bump when they go live. I saw a Magic Arena one the other day that pulled in a lot of viewers.

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rafael12104

Not sure. It’s a win, win either way.

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blahlbinoa .

This Battle Royal craze is getting outta hand!