Is “gaming” a legitimate sport? Some would laugh at this question as I once did, but now competitive video gamers might have a little more ammo for their arguments.
Monday, X Games announced that together with Major League Gaming that there will be a “Call of Duty” tournament along side events such as Skateboarding, FMX, and BMX as part of X Games Austin in June.
The “MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts” tournament will feature the top five “Call of Duty” teams based on MLG Pro Points plus the top three teams from the “Call of Duty” championship held in Winter Park, Fla., last month. The eight teams will compete in a double-elimination group format, with four teams advancing to a single-elimination bracket. X Games medals will be awarded to the winning teams.
“The popularity of competitive gaming and the MLG Pro Circuit is at an all-time high with millions watching the best gamers compete each month on MLG.tv,” MLG EVP of sales, Don Reilley, said. “This collaboration with X Games will help further bring MLG to the mainstream while we provide advertisers with quality exposure and deep engagement with our fan base on MLG.tv across all platforms.”
Since the mid 90′s when the X Games was born, its goal was always to take alternative sports and make them more mainstream, which they have been very successful in doing over the past 19 or so years.
So does competitive video gaming belong in the X Games? Will it bring the crowds they are hoping? Maybe it is a ploy to introduce more people to the action sports world, or maybe it is the exact opposite. Maybe there is a whole side of gaming that people don’t under stand.
All I know is now parents basements across the globe have transformed over night from a smelly, filthy nightwalker dungeon into a state of the art X Games training facilities, and Doritos, and Mountain Dew finally fit into that training diet you have been hoping for your whole life.