ESPN’s president isn’t a fan of eSports

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In the debate over whether or not eSports are actually sports, ESPN president John Skipper lands firmly on the “not a sport” side. Speaking at the Code/Media conference in New York, Skipper gave his opinion on the nearly $1 billion Amazon purchase of Twitch.

It’s not a sport. It’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition. Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.

Although ESPN has shown eSports events like the Dota 2 The International tournament on their web streaming channels, representatives of ESPN denied that they intended on broadening gaming coverage as part of their regular sports broadcasts. John Skipper’s most recent remark would seem to reinforce this stance. Perhaps they can sandwich gaming between dodgeball championships on The Ocho?