Gaming livestreams are some of the most popular television programs in the US. There are entire TV networks covering gaming that have existed for decades. Yet, many self-described gamers will eschew football and ice hockey as being somehow distinct from DOTA 2 and CounterStrike. We even like to use the term eSport to separate them from sports. Sports and eSports are fundamentally the same. American football is frighteningly like a distributed turn-based strategy game.
Game Mechanics, Game Design, Spectator Design, the definition of the word Sport, and the future of eSports. Presented at the Penny Arcade Expo – Prime – Monday Aug 31 at 4:00pm in the Sphinx Theatre.