Writing and editing reference the Associated Press Stylebook is set to recognise competitive gaming as ‘esports’ with a lower case ‘s’.
That means no more ‘eSports’, ‘e-Sports’ or even ‘eSportz’.
The reason for it being recognised as ‘esports’? “Industry trends and general usage,” apparently.
Glad that’s settled then.
— Mededitor (@Mededitor) March 24, 2017
Since so many of you are asking: AP style is now esports, due to “industry trends and general usage.”
— Lou Kesten (@lkesten) March 25, 2017
British esports host Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner is one of esports’ (with a lower case ‘s’) strongest advocates. He reacted with this tweet:
If the AP style guide says esports, lose the capital S you heathens.
— ReDeYe (@PaulChaloner) March 24, 2017
The Associated Press have also recognised ‘internet’ with a lower case ‘i’ and have removed the hyphen from ‘e-mail’ to become ’email’.
The Associated Press is a news agency whose content is published by thousands of publications and broadcasters around the world. Its Stylebook is widely regarded as an acceptable standard in publishing.
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.