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    Yes, the biggest eSport in the world has quite a small following in the UK, I remember back when MCM had some eSports events and it wasn't the biggest crowd. I watched the NUEL finals this weekend and there were only around 400 viewers on Twitch.

    Most of the media in the UK depicts eSports as something rather awkward.
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    Are you living in a box? eSports has rocketed in the last couple of years, across multiple continents (but we'll stick with the UK for this), and on multiple games & platforms. Some of the largest games in the UK feature well known organizations who have been about for years, and continue to grow day by day.

    Call of Duty, although decreases in viewership, companies such as Gfinity, who partnered with VUE Cinemas in London still invest millions of pounds into tournaments and LANs for this years CWL.
    CS:GO - Probably the most watched eSport bar League of Legends features several UK teams.

    Even very recently Wembley Stadium hosted a League of Legends tournament, packing out the stadium, and it's been talked on radio stations such as talkSPORT, 5Live and more. And been featured/live broadcasted on TELEVISION by ESPN, BBC, SKY.
    Even though it's not as widely recognised as a "sport" here, and it's behind the likes of the USA, eSports is still pretty huge here.
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    Most people don't even know what esports are and have never heard the word before.
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    (Original post by naataan)
    Are you living in a box? eSports has rocketed in the last couple of years, across multiple continents (but we'll stick with the UK for this), and on multiple games & platforms. Some of the largest games in the UK feature well known organizations who have been about for years, and continue to grow day by day.

    Call of Duty, although decreases in viewership, companies such as Gfinity, who partnered with VUE Cinemas in London still invest millions of pounds into tournaments and LANs for this years CWL.
    CS:GO - Probably the most watched eSport bar League of Legends features several UK teams.

    Even very recently Wembley Stadium hosted a League of Legends tournament, packing out the stadium, and it's been talked on radio stations such as talkSPORT, 5Live and more. And been featured/live broadcasted on TELEVISION by ESPN, BBC, SKY.
    Even though it's not as widely recognised as a "sport" here, and it's behind the likes of the USA, eSports is still pretty huge here.
    I think as most fans of eSports follow South Korean leagues you can't really say eSports has taken off at all in the UK if you compare it to South Korea.


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    (Original post by naataan)
    Are you living in a box? eSports has rocketed in the last couple of years, across multiple continents (but we'll stick with the UK for this), and on multiple games & platforms. Some of the largest games in the UK feature well known organizations who have been about for years, and continue to grow day by day.

    Call of Duty, although decreases in viewership, companies such as Gfinity, who partnered with VUE Cinemas in London still invest millions of pounds into tournaments and LANs for this years CWL.
    CS:GO - Probably the most watched eSport bar League of Legends features several UK teams.

    Even very recently Wembley Stadium hosted a League of Legends tournament, packing out the stadium, and it's been talked on radio stations such as talkSPORT, 5Live and more. And been featured/live broadcasted on TELEVISION by ESPN, BBC, SKY.
    Even though it's not as widely recognised as a "sport" here, and it's behind the likes of the USA, eSports is still pretty huge here.
    No i dont think that eSport in that popular, in fact it has quite a small following in the UK, thats why most of the media in the UK depicts eSports as something rather awkward.
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    (Original post by jenifferhomes)
    No i dont think that eSport in that popular, in fact it has quite a small following in the UK, thats why most of the media in the UK depicts eSports as something rather awkward.
    I think it would be more accurate to say most media in the UK don't depict esports at all.
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    eSports is still relatively new in the UK. Globally it's a lot more recognised, especially in China and South Korea. But in the UK, no not much. Wembley Stadium has been used for League of Legends and a variety of major companies sponsor a lot of eSports teams - Coca Cola, Intel, HTC, Samsung had two teams in South Korea and Rick Fox (Los Angeles Lakers - basketball player in the US) has his own team in North America.

    The BBC has done documentaries on gaming and eSports (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zw0dx) and there have been a few articles here and there when there has been a major tournament on. Universities in the UK also take part in a national tournament (NUEL). There is also a team in North America with a British owner and there is also a professional player in North America with a British player. Problem is, South Korea, North America, China etc, is where all the money for eSports is. There is a European league in League of Legends but the tournaments take place in Berlin with players from all over Europe and some imports from other countries. There isn't the money for it in the UK alone and so without the money to promote massive tournaments and hold them in the UK (aside from the World Championship Semi-Finals - I think - being in Wembley Stadium), there isn't much awareness brought to eSports.

    I do think it's growing though, slowly. But it will take time for the UK to recognise eSports more widely.
 
 
 
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