Halo World Championship Considered Extreme Sport by ESPN

ESPN's recent interest in competitive gaming has caught the attention of both its fanbase and the gaming community. After devoting a sizable...
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    ESPN's recent interest in competitive gaming has caught the attention of both its fanbase and the gaming community. After devoting a sizable portion of their site to eSports and starting a branch of legitimate reporting on the subject, the sports giant has taken an enormous leap and decided to feature the Halo World Championship during X Games Aspen 2016. Although it won't alter points or change placements for regional finals, ESPN will offer coverage of the event. Footage of gameplay and the competition will be featured in the X Games telecast, a first for the network.

    From January 28-31, eight teams (six of them American, one German, the other British) will compete in group play that will conclude in a single-elimination bracket-style tournament at what is known as "The Gaming Shack." Potential prizes include some medals and $30,000 in prize money.

    “Gaming plays a big role in the youth culture," said Tim Reed, X Games Vice President. "The Halo World Championship Tour: X Games Aspen Invitational nicely complements the world-class action sports competition and musical elements at the X Games.”

    Even as its own separate entity that doesn't count towards the final outcome, eSports finding their way into the X Games is a giant step for the gaming community. It holds several implications regarding just how far sports networks will be willing to run with competitive gaming, perhaps seeing the potential of a fully fresh and tangible market.

    The event will be streamed on ESPN's streaming service, as well as on Twitch from January 28-31. More scheduling information can be found here.

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  1. Zxath
    For the past two days, I have been playing Halo 5 rather than watching the Major Leagues. I am sure I can find the matches on YouTube or the Twitch Highlights. :biggrin:
  2. zlReborn
    Halo is a good franchise I wish I could go...
  3. Harkon
    halo has always been at the forefront of the Esports scene, hitting a rough patch a couple of years ago, it has now made it back, and I'm glad too hear that one of the top premier sports broadcast channels is finally gonna show some love for esports leauge
    1. Stonerzard
      Yeah it just sort of died after Reach. Once MLG dropped it from their big events it got forgot about pretty quickly. I did assume though that they'd bring it back once CoD made the switch to PS4 (something I've been saying will happen since Halo was dropped and CoD moved to the 360.)
  4. 3xTiNcT
    Well considering Call of Duty was in it last year Halo definitely deserves to be recognized in it.
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    2. Cheers
      I agree.
  5. Mister Whiskers
    I am really glad esports is uprising in recognition.
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    2. Stonerzard
      It's just another form of media entertainment. I've been saying for years that eSports will become more global. You think console wars are bad enough? I definitely can wait for "Eww you watch CS? You're a ****ing ****** bro go watch League."
    3. Mister Whiskers
      I completely agree man haha there will be a day where we are judged on what esports we watch and it will be glorious.
    4. Stonerzard
      Don't forget sporting the eSports jerseys! I feel like I need to buy a Na'Vi one now just so I can show everyone in 5 years time how I was ahead ahaha. I almost bought one back in 2012 but opted out for a Red Sox jersey.
  6. smelly02
    Loving this, this will bring light to the people who still assume gamers live in their parents' basement.
  7. Night
    I'm glad eSports is getting recognition, just wish ESPN had jumpstarted things last year when CoD was at the X-Games.
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    1. Stonerzard
      Not just CoD, CS GO was too. They're late to the party as I don't think they actually thought there was any money to be made from it. To be honest with you, there's not an awful lot they can do with it. Over 50% of ESPN's veiwers say they'd ditch it to save $8/month and the internet is available on more devices than ESPN.
  8. (-_-)
    This is awesome. Imagine in the future drafting players lol...
  9. televisedfool
    I love how the whole esports scene has been getting bigger and bigger over the years. :biggrin:
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    1. fettyjeff
      I think it's pretty damn good too, TelevisedFool.