HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel Mocks eSports

HBO Real Sports with Byrant Gumbel showed a note about League of Legends World Championship and ended up mocking gamers

I might not be the most savvy person when it comes to eSports, I mean, I watch some League of Legends, Dota 2, Starcraft 2 matches, but that’s about it. I enjoy watching those professional gamers living the dream of every single one of us: get paid for playing video games – not to mention the acknowledgement they get for doing so!

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Well, it seems like HBO’s Real Sports with Byrant Gumbel do not think eSports should be considered actual sports…

As you could see in the video above, it all happened thanks to Soledad O’Brien’s piece on the League of Legends Championship, something that is definitely great as Real Sports is known for being a high-quality sports journalism show. Sadly, the other pundits started pretty much insulting gamers, and yes, I’m talking about that lame comment about Star Trek, and saying that eSports are not sports.

They definitely don’t see it the way we do, which is understandable, but personally I don’t see why would they need to make fun of it, at all.

What’s your take on this matter? Do you think they handled O’Brien’s news appropriately?

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