Over the recent weeks, the eSports news cycle was peppered by announcements concerning various sports organisations or personalities, including German football clubs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Magic Johnson, together with owners of Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards. It turns out that this subject is a gift that keeps on giving because there’re rumors about one more development, this time in Spain.
Esportsobserver.com reports that six Spanish football (that’s soccer for you, delicate Americans) clubs teased on twitter, that they will soon announce some eSports related news. Sevilla Fútbol Club, Villarreal CF, Real Aviles C.F., Real Sociedad, Real Zaragoza, and Real Sporting de Gijón all baited their twitter followers.
It’s speculated, that the official announcement is to be made very soon, at the Barcelona Games World convention. Most likely, the teams will enter the world of eSports by participating in a football simulator league, which was speculated about on esportsobserver.com in mid-July. If that is true, this particular direction in the history of eSports isn’t as impactful as the previous bombshells, simply due to the fact that football games aren’t very popular in the eSports universe.
Still, there is huge potential, especially if football giants like Real Madrid or Barcelona join the fray eventually. If that happened, a lot of people could get their fix of football by watching the best gamers in Spain play the El Classico, it could even take place before the match in real life. Even if it doesn’t happen, the current roster of teams does have some fans. Watching smaller clubs compete could bridge the gap between the old-school parents and their children, just like we discussed in a recent article on drakemoon.com/blog. This can only be a good thing for the mainstream acceptance of eSports as a genuine sport.
Just like in the case of Bundesliga, the Spanish teams will probably only field football teams, not touching games like CS:GO, League of Legends, or Dota 2. You know what? That’s fine. The only thing that matters in the end is eSports getting bigger. Whether it’s played on PC or Console, whether it’s an FPS, a MOBA, or a sports simulator, watching the best in the world show what they can do under the banner of a sports club can only be a very good thing for eSports and gaming in general. Who knows, this could bring many people closer to the idea of accepting competitive gaming as something that’s not a waste of time. Let’s support that as much as we can. We love eSports. Let’s help them grow.