The Rise of Competitive Gaming & E-Sports | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

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Aaryn Ridenour · February 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

u better get that posted on eventhubs when its released

ironman10181 · February 5, 2013 at 12:44 am

women make fun of gamers for decades, now they get upset when they're excluded?

Jaedrik Cobalt · February 5, 2013 at 1:27 am

Melee at EVO, hype!

Helix535 · February 5, 2013 at 1:49 am

You could also argue that Football, Baseball, and Soccer are dominated by men. So what? Women play sports today alongside men, but it wasn't always that way. Things change and women will be up there with men. Thing is that more men play so you see them more often. Big surprise, I know. Until E-sports is more structured for audiences to watch at home you won't see the same hype that American Football and European Football get. Or maybe VOD services will side step the problem entirely.

Golnarth · February 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

Except women didn't make fun of athletes

In2Gamin · February 5, 2013 at 3:07 am

I love how they didn't talk about league of legends almost at all even though it is like 5x bigger than any other esport with millions of dollars in prize money and a 1,000,000 online viewer championship last year at a stadium with 20,000 people as an audience.

Jambeeno · February 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

You're welcome. I'd contend that foundations are very structural, and that the machismo-infused and intemperately-pubescent culture of much of the competitive video game crowd is foundational to the popularity (and hence viability) of eSports.

That's not to say I think eSports can't become more inclusive, though. In fact, there are increasingly-many progressively-minded men and women in the competitive scene, which is a good thing!

RpiesSPIES · February 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm

…Show gaming tournaments on PBS plox D: I'd love that 😀

EscherSketcher · February 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

6:02 I see you swoozie !

Ricardo Callado · February 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Counter-terrorists win!

brunas82 · February 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Heroes of Newerth! <3

BarCraftAachen · February 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for creating and sharing this video. A lot of valid points are made. 🙂

MrWizardfish · February 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Great to see the FGC getting represented, rather well in fact, in a wider 'e-sports' video.

MrWizardfish · February 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Also yes, hype for Melee's return at EVO!

The other John Smith · February 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

My point is that professional players are way too fast. Blink and you missed half of their epic moves. I guess there's something about the atmosphere of a tournament, but really, being a spectator I think will be tiring if not eye watering from the not-blinking 😉

sirachman · February 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

There isn't a single large community without bad members.

iLikeToShank · February 6, 2013 at 12:52 am

The bad members are at such a magnitude though, that it retracts a lot of the positive things about the game away in many cases. Trash talk is fine, don't get me wrong, it's a fun thing to do and it adds to the game and I think everyone should trash talk if they're frustrated at the game, but the LoL community needs to chill out and stop taking every game so serious and let new players get better instead of shutting them out every time they play. It's killing the game.

Superman · February 6, 2013 at 5:42 am

This whole video is mostly fluff. I doubt this will convince parents or change their attitude about video games.

AntiMusick · February 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

she just babbles on and fails at talking about the history of gaming, the gaming roots… competitive gaming starts back in the arcades of the past. look at Pinball did broadcasting of their Competitions ever take off? maybe if other spectators would know how to bet on it like a horse race or sporting event, then it would be something average people would talk about today. 1982 there was a TV Game Show called 'Starcade' were contestants compete against one another by playing arcade video games.

gerardos256 · February 7, 2013 at 6:02 am

Only mistake I found I found in this video was that they put dota in a moba genre and not a rats sub genre.

UberCheese256 · February 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Taken part in e-sports multiple times myself in World of Tanks. Competing the best players in the world alongside the best players in the world is the most fun you can ever get out of a game.

As for the "sexism" in gaming, yes, there are more men playing than women, and always have been. That is why games focus much more on male gamers. However the girls are there. To quote an article I read "girl get an extra-dose of special sauce in online flaming," and thus hide their gender.

Staringathesun · February 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I severely dislike the pro-scene. Many games that I have played since betas or early release have changed drastically since the pro-scene arrived. With a larger focus on the meta game and only the most effective strats, those who play for fun are left far in the dust. That and the communities tend to turn inward and allow for very little variance beyond what the pros do.

Spock · February 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

We PBS now Triforce! Let the money pour in!

alphablue137 · February 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Although I could consider the ability to improvise and process visual information a useful skill, it's being applied to the task of: sitting on our behinds pushing buttons quickly in the 'correct' order.

I like video games and recognize their primary value as entertainment and aggression release, but as far as I see the only real driving force behind this is advertising money and gambling.

PushandillPushback · February 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

How the fuck can we pay attention to major important global events, when we keep adding more distractions into our lives. Not only can i watch any competitive sport i desire now i can even watch every non-sport competitive e-sport. People need to turn the TVs off and keep tabs on our society. Sounds like a stupid place to post this kind of comment, but i'm a gamer and realized that i need to wake up and start making my life worth something. Everything i achieve in a game is fleeting…

ottodude555 · February 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

Dude; you are posting lengthy comments, comments that take time to write, and many different videos. How can you possibly say we are adding distractions to our lives, while you fight a lost battle? If you want to make a difference, YouTube is not the place to be.

Matt H · February 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

so does the game, its terrible.

jandrmayers · February 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Damn triforce, mad respect for you man.

Chauncey Robertson · February 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm


totlyepic · February 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

No, it isn't.

stunash · February 12, 2013 at 2:49 am

its also the biggest community

ShakaZulu504 · February 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

If you think the LoL community leaves much to be desired try the Dota 2 community

Kristian Pavic - razz · February 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

what the fuck this fkn grandba talking in the video..

mario puco · February 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Dendi !!

A2Selection · February 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Fucking doug 6:33

ncck · February 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Yeah but hardcore FPS is on the decline

painkiller, quakeworld, urban terror, quake3a, natural selection, hldm, cs 1.6, tfc

And that's pretty much it, now we have so many casual fps games it's pretty much over

I'm Justin Y. & I Post Pointless Trash · February 16, 2013 at 4:07 am


Ascheriit · February 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

Pretend to be a girl on some online match. You'll see.

Ascheriit · February 16, 2013 at 6:01 am

Sexism means discrimination based on sex. Discrimination doesn't mean that they have no right to a game or something. Discrimination also means insulting just because of their gender.

theoneheretosty · February 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

"Discrimination also means insulting just because of their gender."

I think it might be a case of over or hyper sensitivity. Gaming is an extremely competitive environment, you will get teased and unpleasant things will be said to you. But that isnt just because you are a woman or a man. If you "suck" at a game they will make fun of you.

Happened to me in lots of games. All I did was practiced and went back and kicked their backsides in the games. At the end of the day its all fun and "games".

Dwight Howard The Best · February 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Soccer ?!?!?!?!?!?! It's called FOOTBALL !

ArtByBritania · February 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

:/ His explanation of fighting games as " get the health bar to zero" was horrible. Fighting games like Street Fighter have been compared to chess.

Derek Ries · February 24, 2013 at 1:12 am

So you don't have to get the health bar to zero?

Francis Cloutier · February 25, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Yes but being a nerd and being a pro gamer are two things. Spending all your free time gaming does not make you a progamer, earning a living playing your game of choice does. The people who achieve that have to spend incredible amounts of time into practice. Look at the pro Korean Starcraft scene, they play 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Amit Tomar · February 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm


DarkMatterZero · February 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Yes but this isnt exclusive just to Gaming thought, people laugh at the fact their are females wanting to be in Mixed Martial Arts and or other Sports.

Im sure people laugh at the WNBA

DarkMatterZero · February 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I think making fun of someone based on their gender or something they cant control is one thing but hate on people because of their skill level, yea its something they can control by getting better but their desire to get better will shrink which leads to weakening of the community and weakening community means lack of interest from developers to make games in these genres

theoneheretosty · March 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

you can not prove someone hates you just because they criticize your game play abilities. This is a simple case of some women wanting to be treated special while at the same time claiming they are equal and can do everything a man can.

This has been happening with men for years, why is it they can take it but delicate flowers cant?

Are we equal or not?

JoelT7193 · March 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Racing isn't an E-Sports genre?

Reality Check · March 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

And what if you went outside and did something competitively for the environment, hmm.

Has Anyone Really Been Far Even as Decided to Use Even Go Want to do Look More Like? · March 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

It would be if more people cared about it.

Watching a real race car go around a track racing, and watching virtual cars doing the same thing, is identical, and you're more likely going to get more enjoyment going to a big time circuit, living the experience for real than sitting in a venue watching some virtual cars drive around virtual tracks. It's ridiculous to say, "I'd rather go watch some no names race," than saying, "Hey, I wanna go watch Vettel no skill to the WDC again!"

Roy Fuentes · March 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

It's all about social penetration. The visceral factor can't be denied, and neither can the fact that actual racing has been around a lot longer and is far more ingrained in the collective consciousness than its virtual iteration. With enough sponsorships, quality commentary and overall hype, even game racing could match what the real thing does; that is, if enough people get competitive about their GT or Forza skills for it to be sufficiently hype

Amélie Le Gall · March 26, 2013 at 12:37 am

Hello , my name is Amélie i'm a french student in english and I have an oral presentation to make and i'd like to use your video as a support for my topic but I should make it shorter for my presentation. Is there any way for me to download it somewhere? you can answer here: [email protected] thanks.

Amélie Le Gall · March 26, 2013 at 12:38 am

[email protected] actualy sorry.

Forte · March 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

5:00 Freddiew!!

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David Lawton · April 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I heard DICE is interested in eSports for Battlefield 4 and had to check it out.
I hope BF4 does go for eSports!!!

HarriHaffi animation · April 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

strategy games could join the team-play side…fighting games are kinda stuck tough…don't know if I wanna see a fighting game that encourages team-work!


TheDarthMoogle · April 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm


theoneheretosty · April 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

"not see the sexism in the gaming community?"

I think the problem is that the gaming community is one of those that are refusing to change to accommodate women, it simply demands you to be good or be accepted in accordance with a level of merit. Just like any other man would.

The name calling is nothing new. It is simple banter or teasing that everyone should just take on the chin. If you are worried about being called names beat them at it and you will have the trump card. Its just a game.

MetalHeadSpartan · April 28, 2013 at 2:29 am

If battlefield 4 would have E-sports damn.!!

Javier Garrido · April 29, 2013 at 1:42 am


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Enzo Franchi · May 16, 2013 at 6:28 am


Bob Paisley · May 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

theres a reason that Battlefield games arnt often featured at events.Its the fact that each team has 12+ players.The team sizes are too big for sponsorship etc

Intuxikated · June 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

QUAKE is the shooter that started competitive gaming in shooters lol
they should have defenitly mentioned that

MotionPat · June 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

PS4 wins. Enough said.

Ivan Mendoza · June 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I love your videos guys, keep making a good job, good luck!!!

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General Zap · July 7, 2013 at 6:55 am

It's been ages since I've watched this, and I'll take the benefit of doubt out for you. I have issues separating sounds out from other sounds sometimes.

General Zap · July 7, 2013 at 6:56 am

*Thumbs down for being shallow, a lack of grammar, and no realization SC:BW is the best RTS ever made.*

Oliver Ocsko · July 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

You have there also footage from Intel Extreme Masters, biggest event of all. Why is it not in description? 😀

vladstr100 · July 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Man I wish I was friends with them. Imagine how life would be if you were friends with them.

High On Aids · August 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

esports is for social degenerate nerds.

NYbobLES · August 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm


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InsanityGaming · August 18, 2013 at 3:31 am

Anyone play wow? if so I could really use feedback on my pvp vid's. Also starting intro's!

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Thomas Lilly · September 9, 2013 at 2:37 am

What games do MLG or Esports because I would like too Start a career in this if someone can help me with this I would be very thankful.

DeathByEMP · September 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

You're joking, right?

Thomas Lilly · September 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Please go tf away if your not going too help me You've had a career you've wanted too pursue I'm doing the same thing.

Thomas Lilly · September 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thank you,You've Really helped me alot My only concern is I don't have a team that could do any of this on the PC like league of legends the Xbox i jut don't like anyone on there That's why i wanna Aim away from Cod. Atleast on Xbox

DeathByEMP · September 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm

You don't just up and join a professional gaming team, it takes years of practice and semi-competitive before you make a "career" out of competitive gaming. Thinking you are going to hop right in with little practice and make a career out of it is a joke, I will be seeing you panhandling on the streets in days. Not even some of the greatest e-sports players have made e-sports into a career yet. Quit being delusional.

Thomas Lilly · September 13, 2013 at 4:48 am

Are Dota 2 or Any type of 1v1 Fighting games out there other than I heard from the Video.

Thomas Lilly · September 14, 2013 at 1:23 am

Did i say I was going too Just Jump right into it please i know what I'll have too do so please quit telling me things I already know please.

Brandon Bonilla · October 1, 2013 at 1:11 am

This seems so much more physical than football

Brandon Bonilla · October 1, 2013 at 1:13 am

Do esport fans have a favorite team or something lol

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LightEffect · October 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Just because it's not as physical as other sports doesn't make it any easier.

Sorcize · October 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

lol, once e-sports becomes mainstream it won't be worth watching anymore.

Take Your Time · November 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Corridor Digital! 4:55

Leroy van Loon · November 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Like it is in footbal, soccer ect, there is a skill level between boys and girls, Thats why there are female tournaments / compotitions in big events, because they can have a shot on n1 position 2.

Bromley Scheel · December 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I like how Freddy is in here.

xein89 · December 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

@Leroy Van Loon, E-sport is a sport with ZERO difference between female skill and male skill. The problem is that a lot of females aren't interested in games while a lot of males are. If it was soccer, sure, because the female body isn't built like the male one but e-sport have NOTHING to do with how your body is built. facepalm

Veridan · August 18, 2014 at 12:20 am

Anyone watch ESL One Cologne Counter Strike: Global Offensive 2014? That was AWESOME!!

ArmedDarkly · August 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

sure you guys can have ur e-sports but seriously, some of you are calling urselves athletes, the only ones who are allowed and actually are athletes are the people that made it to the big games, so you lil peons drinking ur chocolate milk and bag of chips or just playing at home, shut up…

DerpCrew darin · October 27, 2014 at 1:56 am

Melee is the reason you have MLG.
…thank Sakurai

YusefRhymer · January 3, 2015 at 1:54 am

@ 2:10 …Thor lol

fine93 · January 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

doto aint a moba you scrobs

doto is the genre

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