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Would We Watch Professional Competitive Gaming? Only If We Made It More Interesting [Video]

But once video games become like sports, what are we going to develop our hating-sports culture around?


Say what you want about professional sports and whether or not watching people kick a ball at each other is actually compelling, but the theories, strategies, and human stories that make up most sports coverage have certainly captured the attention of many a fan. Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel thinks that competitive gaming might have a shot at becoming a spectator sport, too — when it figures out how to tap into that same kind of narrative. First up: What kind of statistics can we start measuring for each genre of game? Number of KOs? Time between respawns? Amount of gold acquired? The variables are endless.

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