In the past three or four years, many tournaments have launched for games like League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone and many other games. This eSports (as they are called) quickly gained traction with tons of followers, but it wasn’t something that people could follow on mainstream sites. Even the President of ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, remarked that “[eSports] is not a sport — it’s a competition … Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports.”
If eSports wasn’t an official sport yet, it officialy is now. Destructoid recently reported that ESPN just added an eSports section to their homepage, joining the ranks of the NFL, NBA, and the NHL. At the current moment, the sections is focused primarily on League of Legends, Dota 2, and Hearthstone, but not for much longer. ESPN’s eSports editor Darin Kwilinski posted to Twitter last week that Super Smash Bros. will be joining the current lineup of games.
While the version of Super Smash Bros. has not been confirmed yet, we’re still very excited to get to see Link fighting Mario on one of the major sporting networks.