Some of the earliest e-sports in the United States became popular and were founded because of Madden NFL games. Without Madden we might have never been able to establish e-sports on the level that we have finally be able to achieve and it’s thanks to Madden 16 connected franchise that gamers are finally able to achieve the notoriety and sponsorships that they deserve. I remember my parents thinking that I was out of my mind for wanting to become a professional gamer; something back then that was most likely unachievable. Now? It doesn’t seem like such a far fetched idea but how does one become a professional gamer in a society that hasn’t completely embraced the idea of gamers being sports-like figures in culture? America might be behind the times when compared to the likes of South Korea whose E-sports matches can fill entire stadiums and have even built stadiums for hosting the matches themselves. We’re not there yet but we’re close. So close.
It’s going to take another generation or two of gamers growing up and establishing themselves within the community in order to do so. It’s going to take the likes of Twitch and Youtube to continue promoting gamers in their very special way for us to achieve that. For now the most popular gaming commentaters and players are generally only viewed via live streams with live, ticketed matches being a much more rare thing. At least here, that is. Hopefully games likes HoTS and League of Legends will continue being able to push the envelope on what it means to play games competitively so we’ll finally achieve something akin to what South Korea has for their gamers. It’s going to take a lot more work and a lot more success with personalities who can capture the attention of the sport for it to become a reality.