Debate This: Is MLG a Professional Sport?
February 5, 2009 84 Comments
Debate This is an ongoing feature which provides an opportunity for open discussion on various video game-related topics. Those who know how to debate in a mature and respectful manner are encouraged to participate. Present your opinion, but be prepared to defend it.
The words “Major League” denote playing a team sport at a professional level. Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Major League Gaming. They all have players that have been transformed into pop cultural icons (Derek Jeter, David Beckham, Walshy). They all have competitive tournaments where the top athletes battle it out, usually in front of a live audience (World Series, MLS Cup, MLG Pro Circut). They all have high salaried participants that enjoy padding their wallets with lucrative endorsements. In fact Dr Pepper recently decided to have the likeness of an athlete featured on their label for the first time ever and instead of choosing a traditional sports hero, they opted to go with Tom “Tsquared” Taylor (one of Major League Gaming’s biggest stars).
Major League Gaming, the largest organized league for worldwide professional competitive gaming and tournaments, has all the major characteristics of a professional sport. They even maintain a formal partnership with ESPN, a network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming, with their popular MLG/ESPN Top Ten video series. Is that really what MLG is though? Debate This: Is Major League Gaming a professional sport? Why or why not?
*A special thank you to CrazedOne1988, who hopes that making betrayal montages will one day be considered an official sport, for the topic idea!