@Fiscaldeal Yeah, I know, I just can't help trying to have a nice conversation and I tend to explain myself a little too much. Ah well! :)
North American Star League to hold final StarCraft II e-sports event of third season at International Centre in Toronto weekend of July 14-15.
The North American Star League (NASL) Season 3 Grand Finals will be hosted in Toronto, Canada, this summer, event organizers have announced. This will mark the first big-time professional StarCraft II e-sports event to be held in that country.
Slated to take place the weekend of July 14-15, the NASL Season 3 Grand Finals will be held at the International Centre in Toronto. On top of the Grand Finals event, three additional tournaments will be held that weekend and will be detailed at a later date.
Additional information concerning the event will come to light in the coming weeks, with fans encouraged to track developments on the group's Twitter and Facebook pages. The third season of the NASL is currently under way and is available to watch live on GameSpot.
@IamTheBesteva Wow. Where did I attack you? I only asked to explain your point of view. I clearly said you are entitled to your opinion, I was just curious about it and wanted to read more than " lol you just compared sports to video games ? wow" Guess I should've known better than to have a nice conversation with someone who disagrees with me on the internet :) I guess we don't have the same definition of "thug", cause those in my neighborhood aren't as nice as I was in those messages, that's for sure! Have a nice day :)
@reboot2099 lol omg..i stopped reading after the first 2 sentences cos 1-you're putting words in my mouth that i did not say 2-you're attacking me verbally instead of debating like a human being, so cya later thug
I really don't know why GameSpot is even trying to convince these ignorant Americans to check out other countries' culture. I doubt people are going to watch this since they are too busy noob-tubing other ignorant morons on Xbox LIVE since they really don't know what a good game is. So many ignorant idiots in the US I swear.
@IamTheBesteva Please be constructive with your criticism. I made my point. What's yours? Don't tell me sports are better than video games to watch. Tell me WHY you think so, in an objective manner. Like I said, physicality has nothing to do with something being watchable or not. Some people like chess and it's all mental. I really don't see why I couldn't enjoy watching pros doing things I could never even dream off in a strategical and tactical game. People say football is strategical. It's not because one is physical and the other is on a computer that both couldn't be fun to watch. I am not asking why sports are better to play for your health, I am asking what is the difference in WATCHING sports? Forget SC2 is a video game, it's not even the point.
Those who say e-sports is only people playing a game and those who watches should get a life...I really hope you don't watch any sports on TV or even respect those who do, because then you'd be invalidating your own point. Football is just a game. Hockey is just a game. Any sports are just a game. Sure, you'll say "But those guys are really good, they practice a lot, they are strong etc etc." Sure. But Starcraft at a high level is equally hard, it just needs another set of skill. You need reflexes, quick thinking, strategy, like in most sports. It might not be really physical, but neither is chess and people respect chess players. You have the right to not like watching people play a video game. That's ok. But don't put down people who do like it. I hate watching sports, that doesn't mean those who do are idiots or need to go out and play themselves instead of watching it. And I bet that 99% of those who comment negatively on e-sports have never watched a full game of SC2 of a pro tourney. I was like you and thought that was kinda weird and non-sensical to watch. Until I watched a GSL final last year. If you play SC2, at least watch one tourney. If you hate it still, fine. But then you'd have a basis to hate on me. I just hate people who complain about things they never even saw.
I will never understand how anyone can watch this stuff. It's people playing a game. That's it. And yet, somehow people actually CARE. People.....really need lives.
@jwhdavison - I appreciate Gamespot's mainstream coverage of the SC2 scene. As a softcore e-sports fan, being able to keep up with big events by just looking at the front page of a gaming site I visit everyday is very convenient. I question though whether Gamespot can serve as more than a gateway into the competitive scene. Making intellectual contributions to the SC2 community requires both the work of dedicated individuals and the reputation as a site that can provide such (e.g. teamliquid.net). I feel you guys need to really leverage the mainstream aspect of your coverage to get the best results; that's your greatest strength.
Great comments on the esports scene - we're very interested in all this as we're shaping how we cover the space. We know that there's a lot of interest, but we also want to find GameSpot's place in the overall mix, and how to best showcase talent and games. Any and all input very welcome on this subject.
@fatee - I did not and do not consider people to be "newbs" if they don't care for e-sports. I completely agree that games such as Starcraft are more esoteric and alienating than something like Basketball to unfamiliar viewers; a decent knowledge of mechanics is necessary to understand what in the hell is going on at any given time in a competitive RTS. I get that. For instance, I follow competitive Starcraft and do not play it; I can't look at a match and really know what's going on unless someone is providing commentary. The point I'm trying to make is that watching professional play of a video game can be just as, if not more entertaining than playing it oneself. The same goes for any kind of sport. It all comes down to what interests you. Whether it's worth paying for streams also comes down to the individual and their level of interest; although there are plenty of legitimate methods to watch e-sports without paying money.
@Fiscaldeal @gullytolwyn There is a large difference between actual sports and people who play video games. Sorry. If you can play sports or not, they almost all have qualities that attract a attention, and a money-paying fan base. Watching video games, if anything, alienates people from it. I don't know half the stuff is going on in SC2 when I have watched it, and when I ask it's people like you who get all aggressive and call people newbs - just as you are now. So you are our own example as to why it's not WIDELY popular - even if you think it is, it's really only between people who can share that common interest. For someone like me, there is no way in hell i'd pay MONEY to watch a game. Not for the flight, not for the tickets, and certainly I will not pay to watch the live streams.
@TrueGB - The same could be said for physical sports like Football and Basketball. People could go out and play those games themselves instead of just watching them on TV, but that usually isn't the case. People enjoy watching professionals compete because they play on a level that the average spectator just can't experience in their own matches.
Oh the newbies who posted the two replies. Maybe scrubs on gamespot don't care, but professional gaming is huge. And pro gaming is definitely spectator friendly. Ask the hundreds of thousands of people who tune into MLG, IPL, GSL and TSL leagues.
Professional gaming just isn't friendly to spectators. When you see a game that looks fun, you want to play it, not watch someone else play it.
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