So admittedly this is old news now, but last week ESPN announced that starting this year the summer X Games will now include a Call of Duty event, major league video gaming (whatever that is) is now an official action sport.
Yup, we didn’t believe it at first either – the world’s biggest stage from action sports will now feature a contest for teams of sweaty nerds to play digital thumb wars with each other.
Whether or not you think ‘major league gaming’ is legitimate as a sport is one thing, putting it on the same level as the top competitors in snowboard, motocross, BMX and skateboarding is another thing completely. We’re still not quite sure how the organisers are justifying it, after all, we thought the snowmobile long jump was pretty terrible…
So is that it for any shred of legitimacy the X Games still had? YoBeat have already compiled an awesome list of future events to be added to the roster, but in all seriousness, many people still see the Winter X Games as the blu ribbon in the snowboard contest calender – will they still?
Say what you like about the Olympics, this is pretty next level bullshit in comparison. ESPN and the TTR have been able to get away with the X Games being an invite only event with mysteriously secretive selection processes up until now mainly due to FIS being the go to post to pin your anger on, but after what many say was a fairly well executed five-ringed introduction to slopestyle, this slip from the orgnisers could be pretty major.
We’d really love to hear what you have to say about this news: a nail in the coffin for the X Games or a necessary venture to keep the other events funded? A total oversight or does it have its place in the games?