Has eSports turned a corner in terms of being more accepted by the mainstream media and non-gamers in the UK?
23-year-old British Call of Duty pro Callum “Swanny” Swan – who plays for Millenium – certainly seems to think so.
Unfortunately Swanny did not make it to Los Angeles to take part in the CoD XP World League tournament taking place this weekend.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Swanny said: “At the time [of my first CoD XP event] there was something of a stigma behind gaming and behind spending prolonged hours in your bedroom playing video games.
“However, because of eSports and events such as this and the work that Activision are doing with the Call of Duty World League eSports, gaming in general has lost that stigma. I guess it’s no longer a scapegoat for the media or for parents.
“The UK is actually reaching the level where it’s starting to receive positive mainstream media coverage, it’s not being scapegoated – it’s actually now legitimised in a way.”
“However now the UK is actually reaching the level where it’s starting to receive positive mainstream media coverage, it’s not being scapegoated – it’s actually now legitimised in a way,” Swanny added.
“I think we’ve transcended the definition of a niche definitely. People for the last few years didn’t actually acknowledge that eSports was an emerging industry, at the time they just regarded it as a niche fad, but now people are recognising that this is here to stay.”
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League player and WoW RPer, he has written for a range of publications including Games TM, Nintendo Official Magazine, games industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games. He currently works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association.