21 7 / 2014
mgmaz said: So I just got done watching the International ESPN2 special. It was really weird watching this internet thing that has been produced and modeled like a sport broadcast conform to the necessities of a ESPN magazine show, that also treated it more like an entertainment event and novelty (not untrue things) than hard hitting lets talk strategey. It didn't feel like it was for anyone noob or hardcore fan. Still it was kinda cool seeing DOTA on a real ESPN channel on my TV.
It’s baby steps. I don’t think anyone, even Valve, knows the best way to present this to audiences not already deep into DOTA 2. That’s going to take years to figure out. But if DOTA 2 sticks around for years, it has a fighting chance. One of the biggest obstacles for video games becoming accepted outside of gaming culture is how often games change. Sports are relatively static. Minor rules are changed, lineups are shuffled, but it doesn’t look completely different year-over-year. That’s not true for video games.
Remember when Magic: The Gathering was on ESPN?