Procrastination Amplification: Punditry on MMOs and games in general.

Professional Gaming Journalism. Not.

I enjoy watching e-sports, other people don’t. E-sports are like pretty much everything else that way (except, maybe, for parfait.)  If I wrote a post spitting on and belittling e-sports I’d probably get some harsh comments, but on a personal blog I can pretty much say whatever I want. I’d expect sites that aspire to somewhat professional journalism to behave differently. This article on Kotaku surely can’t be called professional, or journalism for that matter.

The author takes quotes out of context, misinterprets them (Professional gaming on the downturn? Really? Have you seen Starcraft 2 or League of Legends for that matter?), and generously adds her own belittling opinion. Posts like this really make me want to choose another site as my main gaming news outlet. Their information may be wrong and/or paid for by advertisers but at least they try for a professional atmosphere.

Contrary to her opinion, the cited interview says that progaming is on the rise and was a really ungrateful profession in the past. For that matter, it is still extremely hard to earn a living as a progamer unless you are really, really good. It’s a bit like being an artist or a writer, really. We all know those aren’t needed and should rather be regular people with regular jobs as well, right?

Jen, your personal non-interest for watching e-sports does not reduce its quality in the slightest. Hey, one might even say e-sports is better off for not having you as a fan.

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